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Dim prospects for oil drilling off Florida’s coasts 5 years after BP spill

2010 BP OIL SPILL:
• Five years after the 2010 BP oil spill, prospects are dim for drilling off Florida’s coastlines. (Saint Peters Blog)
Many fish species in the Destin area off Florida’s Gulf coast have bounced back since the 2010 BP oil rig accident. (WEAR-TV, Northwest Florida)
LSU expert asserts Gulf of Mexico showing resilience five years after BP oil spill. (WVUE-TV, New Orleans)
• The 2010 BP oil spill has made the Gulf of Mexico one of the most carefully researched bodies of water by marine scientists. (The Tampa Tribune)
• Appetites for Gulf of Mexico seafood are back after the 2010 BP oil spill, but the crabs and oysters are not. (WUSF Public Radio, South Florida)
• Seven ways the 2010 BP oil spill has left its mark on energy and environmental law. (The Times-Picayune, New Orleans)
Mississippi fisherman contend coastal waters have yet to recover from the 2010 BP oil spill. (The Sun Herald)

SOLAR:
• Virginia-based Dominion has acquired the 20-megawatt Richland Solar Center near Jeffersonville, Georgia and secured a 20-year power purchase agreement with Georgia Power. (Penn Energy)
A Tulane University professor has received a $3.3 million grant along with two California companies to develop technology capable of storing solar energy. (The New Orleans Advocate)

CLIMATE:
• Board at University of Mary Washington in Virginia rejects students’ pleas to divest from fossil fuels. (Virginia Public Radio)
• Study quantifies economic impacts of a 10% increase in electricity prices in Kentucky that could result from the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. (WFPL Public Radio, Louisville)

NUCLEAR NextEra Energy Inc. and Florida Power & Light Co. are suing the Federal government for more than $97.5 million in alleged tax refunds they assert should have been allowed for losses related to nuclear waste costs. (Palm Beach Post, Florida)

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