Florida Gov. Scott approves plan to hand out oil spill money
June 2, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Northwest Florida counties are going to finally get a share of money given to the state for damages related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a bill (HB 7007) that guarantees the distribution of $300 million to eight counties hardest hit by the spill.
In 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil platform, leased by energy giant BP, killed 11 workers and caused a blow-out that began spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Under a settlement, Florida is to receive $2 billion for economic losses.