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When oil from BP’s broken well seemed set to kill the Gulf

The BP oil spill erupted five years ago this month. In a multipart series, longtime AL.com writer Ben Raines reflects on the disaster as he experienced it, and tells how critical coastal habitat can be saved and preserved.

via When oil from BP’s broken well seemed set to kill the Gulf | AL.com.

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life – a testament to the resilience of nature.

But there’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture – nor is it as clear.

Federal data and numerous scientific studies show lingering problems. Splotches of oil still dot the seafloor and wads of tarry petroleum-smelling material hide in pockets in the marshes of Barataria Bay. Dolphin deaths have more than tripled. Nests of endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles suddenly plummeted after the spill. Some fish have developed skin lesions along with oil in internal organs. Deep sea coral are hurting.

via Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred – KWWL – Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings.

Federal lawsuit over Gulf State Park project moved to Alabama

A federal lawsuit filed last year in a U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. was relocated this week to the Southern District of Alabama, where a planned $85 million expansion to Gulf State Park in Orange Beach originally planted the seed for the litigation.

In the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture were tasked with approving early restoration projects funded by BP.

Of the $1 billion BP initially pledged, Alabama received $100 million. That included the $85 million allocated for park project, of which more than $50 million was already set aside for improvements to a lodge on the property.

via Federal lawsuit over Gulf State Park project moved to Alabama – LagniappeLagniappe.

Alabama lawmakers join push to make pistol permits valid in other conceal-carry states

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, and four representatives have signed on to legislation to make it easier for pistol permit holders to carry their weapons to other states.

Currently, permits to carry concealed guns are valid only in states that have negotiated reciprocal agreements. That leaves gun owners at potential risk of breaking the law even in some states that issue pistol permits. South Carolina, for instance, has not reciprocal agreement with Alabama.

via Alabama lawmakers join push to make pistol permits valid in other conceal-carry states | AL.com.

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One In Eight Alabamians Have Pistol Permits

Locally, both Mobile and Baldwin Counties are above average.  14.82% of Mobile County adults have a conceal carry permit.  In Baldwin County it’s 13.56% of adults.

via One In Eight Alabamians Have Pistol Permits.

Perdido Beach looks to establish zoning ordinance

Entering its second year of incorporation, Baldwin County’s youngest municipality is on the cusp of establishing guidelines that would help define the town

A 112-page proposed land-use and zoning ordinance recommended by the Planning Commission in September would regulate everything from signage to manufactured homes.

Perdido Beach looks to establish zoning ordinance

2010 Census: Baldwin growth uneven across county

The 2010 U.S. Census statistics released last week seem to contradict predictions in recent years that hurricanes and insurance woes would slow down Baldwin County’s growth south of Interstate 10, county leaders said Friday.

Baldwin County’s 30 percent population growth in the past 10 years mostly took place in the south part of the county, particularly in the Foley area, and along the Eastern Shore

2010 Census: Baldwin growth uneven across county

Baldwin County 2nd-fastest-growing county in Alabama

The population of Baldwin County shot up nearly 30 percent in the past decade to about 182,260, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this afternoon.

That was the second-highest growth rate of any county in the state. Among the state’s 67 counties, only Shelby County south of Birmingham grew at a faster pace — 36 percent, according to the 2010 census.

Census 2010: Baldwin County 2nd-fastest-growing county in Alabama

Baldwin County chambers of commerce discuss merger

Months of members and employees working together in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have led to renewed discussions of merging south Baldwin County’s two chambers of commerce.

The boards of directors of the Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce and South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce sent letters to members this week asking their opinions on merging the two organizations.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce serves the Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and Fort Morgan areas. The South Baldwin Chamber serves Foley, Elberta, Summerdale, Magnolia Springs and the surrounding areas.

Baldwin County chambers of commerce discuss merger

Federal coastal insurance reform prospects dim after November elections

The prospects for action in Congress to address the troubled coastal insurance market may have dimmed, after the 2010 elections swept out two leading advocates for the issue and ushered in lawmakers focused on shrinking government and lessening regulations.

Gene Taylor, the Bay St. Louis Democrat who had pushed insurance overhauls for years, but who lost his U.S. House seat in November, expressed little hope.

Federal coastal insurance reform prospects dim after November elections

Pittman/James Ethics Complaint

Here is the full content of the ethics complaint against State Senator Lee “Trip” Pittman and County Commissioner Robert E. “Bob” James.

Please note the file is over 47 Mb so will take some time to download.

If you can’t wait that long, here is an abridged version of 7Mb.

Pittman/James Ethics Complaint

Bethel Alert: Evangelists Target Northern Kentucky, videos included

They were sent here by God… that’s what a lawsuit-filing evangelist family from Southern Alabama says about their recent trip to Northern Kentucky. They also say they’ll be coming back soon, because they’re now suing a number of entities in Northern Kentucky, including law enforcement, school boards and teachers for allegedly violating their civil rights.

Orlando and Glynis Bethel are well known in courthouses all over Southern Alabama. They’re responsible for dozens of lawsuits, and millions of dollars in claims against judges, schools, sheriffs … you name it, they’ve sued it. Now, they’ve set their sights and lawsuits on Northern Kentucky.

Earlier this month, when Keziah Bethel was arrested for causing a disturbance at Boone County High School, her parents showed up at the sheriff’s office with camera and lawsuit in hand.

Evangelists Target Northern Kentucky

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BP not required to fund some economic restoration efforts after oil spill

The Oil Pollution Act does not require companies responsible for the massive Gulf oil spill to pay for restoring consumer confidence in the tourism and seafood industries, the final report of the federal commission investigating the spill said.

As a result, Alabama must rely on the goodwill of BP PLC and the spill’s other responsible parties to fund such economic restoration efforts, according to the report, released Tuesday

Report: BP not required to fund some economic restoration efforts after oil spill

Insurers tip-toe into coastal markets in Alabama

handful of new insurers have trickled into the coastal markets of Alabama and Mississippi in the last year, offering new options to some homeowners.

In Alabama, insurers have announced plans to cancel wind coverage for more than 50,000 policyholders since 2004’s Hurricane Ivan. Farmers Insurance Group, Allstate Corp. and Alfa Mutual group are in the process of making significant cuts.

 

Insurers tip-toe into coastal markets in Alabama

Coastal Reaction to Oil Spill Report

British Petroleum, Transocean, Halliburton, all responsible for the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. History. According to the Oil Spill Commissions report it all could happen again if significant changes aren’t made by the industry and government.

“Not unexpected,” says Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft. “I think that we all assumed that there was some management responsibility from all different players so, not unexpected but glad to see that we are at least being honest with ourselves about the problem.”

 

Coastal Reaction to Oil Spill Report