Anniversary Approaches, So Does Deadline

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

Tallahassee, FL - The work continues at the state food lab where Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam visited with chemists and lab technicians Wednesday.

The lab has been testing Florida seafood for traces of oil and chemical dispersants ever since BP spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico last year.

The lab’s equipment is so sensitive that if that 18 wheeler was parked and running outside the lab… Chemicals from its exhaust would show up in test samples.

As for the dispersants, traces have been found in some of the samples but Putnam says they’re insignificant.

“It’s one, one thousandth of the level of concern published by the Food and Drug Administration,” said Putnam.

The lab is receiving 10 million dollars from BP for testing and another 10 million to tell the country gulf seafood is safe. 30 million was awarded to Florida tourism councils Monday to attract visitors still leery of panhandle beaches. BP hopes the gift will convince the state not to sue the oil giant for billions. So far it has.

“I want to make sure that litigation is the last resort not the first resort,” said Governor Rick Scott.

The state has until April 20th to join Louisiana and Alabama in a federal suit against the oil giant. Florida could still sue BP even if it doesn’t enter into this current suit. For now the state continues to work on a claim and is expected to receive millions of dollars from fines to be levied against the oil giant.

One reason state leaders aren’t ready to sue is because they haven’t even tallied all the damage from the spill and filed a claim. Once a claim is filed, Florida will have 90 days to sue the oil giant.


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  • by Tea Party Massacre on Apr 14, 2011 at 11:02 AM
    Tea partiers everywhere will gather to rejoice the most effective example of domestic terrorism since 9/11. None of them will ever be convicted for their crimes. Traitors.
  • by leon Location: tally on Apr 14, 2011 at 08:55 AM
    Gov. NutterD00d dismissed the atty appointed by Charlie Crist, Steve Yerrid of Tampa, and hasn't collected the 1000 hours of pro bono documentation and evidence against BP. Charlie Crist actually URGED Scott to file motions in court, but Gov. NutterD00d has ... other plans? Yerrid went on record to say that BP would owe THE STATE OF FLORIDA somewhere between $1.5 BILLION & $2.5 BILLION for compensatory damages for lost hotel and tourism-related state tax revenues. With that kind of money we could ease the budget deficit. If the amassed evidence could be used to resolve the matter quickly the deficit wouldn't be a reason to furlough public workers and cram down their perqs this year and next.
  • by JHR 2525 Location: Live Oak on Apr 14, 2011 at 05:28 AM
    Our legislators are just too busy screwing the unemployed, the homeless and economically disenfranchised to take of this significant income-producing matter. You all DO understand their pressing social re-engineering work and budget priorities, right? ---Right. Vote accordingly in 2012.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    "One reason state leaders aren’t ready to sue is because they haven’t even tallied all the damage from the spill and filed a claim. Once a claim is filed, Florida will have 90 days to sue the oil giant.".... Well you better get on it Florida!!! If LA and AL can tally theirs - what's the problem??!Slick Rick must have investments in oil.
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      by leon on Apr 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM in reply to
      Steve Yerrid's law firm in Tampa has tallied all the damages. Charlie Crist set the contract, Yerrid's done 1000 hours pro bono, worht $1,000,000. Gov. NutterD00d dismissed him and hasn't collected the evidence. The deadline looms (maritime & other statutes). Gov. NutterD00d fiddles while Rome burns, creates an even bigger crisis so he can jam more pay cuts through the public workforce? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot!?
  • by Lip Cheese on Apr 13, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Who cares about a couple of dead pelicans if it makes our gas prices cheaper.
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