Scott Ready To Consider BP Settlement Plan

May 19, 2017

A proposal to open the tap on BP oil-spill settlement money for Northwest Florida counties hard hit by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster has reached Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.

The measure, which allocates to eight Gulf Coast counties $300 million of $400 million received by the state last year, was among 37 bills sent to Scott on Thursday.

The eight counties — Bay, Escambia, Franklin, Gulf, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla and Walton — are also slated to get three-fourths of the remainder of the $2 billion the state is expected to receive for damages associated with the BP disaster, which dumped millions of gallons of oil less than 100 miles off the Florida coast.

Scott has until June 2 to sign, veto or allow the bills to become law without his signature.

by The News Service of Florida

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