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BBC “Newsnight” Report on Impacts of the Oil Spill
Posted May 2, 2011

Ken Feinberg: Hard facts, not political rhetoric (Insight column by oil spill claims czar)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, May 01, 2011

BP oil spill: environmental restoration key to economic recovery, advocate says
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 30, 2011

Coastal Resiliency Coalition looks for new ways to shape south Baldwin County
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 25, 2011

Leadership Council formed to implement oil spill recovery plan
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 24, 2011

Groups eager to use BP’s $1 billion for Gulf restoration
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 22, 2011

BP agrees to $1 billion advance payment for restoration projects
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana, April 22, 2011

BP Agrees to Pay $1 Billion for Start of Gulf Restoration
New York Times, New York, April 22, 2011

Oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg gets a rare shout-out at New Orleans meeting
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana, April 22, 2011

Scientists surprised, cautious over environment’s apparent post-oil spill recovery
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 21, 2011

1 year later, few signs of oil spill on Orange Beach
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 20, 2011

Fishing on the Gulf coast: Local seafood faces bigger threats than oil and dispersants
The Economist, April 20, 2011

Much remains to be done, but signs of revival are everywhere
The Economist, April 20, 2011

One Year Later: Assessing the
Lasting Impact of the Gulf Spill
Yale 360, April 18, 2011

Finding right balance after the spill (editorial)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 20, 2011

BP PLC to spend $16 million on coastal Alabama tourism projects
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 20, 2011

Federal oil spill recovery plans still awaiting action 1 year after disaster
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 20, 2011

Oil spill commissioners touch raw nerves at anniversary event
New Orleans Picayune, Louisiana, April 19, 2011

Alabama Economic Development Partnership gets oil spill-related study grant
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 19, 2011

Gulf Oil Spill Anniversary: Resilience Amid Unknowns
National Geographic Daily News, April 19, 2011

Ken Feinberg: Oil spill claims process ‘working as intended,’ if not perfectly
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 19, 2011

Gulf oil spill mental health stresses likely to persist through decade, says researcher
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 19, 2011

Ricky Mathews: In oil spill’s wake, a sense of urgency (Insight)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 18, 2011

One Year Out by Editorial Cartoonist J.D. Crowe
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 18, 2011

Frances Coleman: A story of the people of the coast
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 18, 2011

Supper on the Sand: Guy Fieri hosts as hundreds celebrate oil spill recovery (photo gallery)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 18, 2011

BP grants included requests for a boat, ATV’s and warehouses
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 18, 2011

Gulf Coast can recover, be better after oil spill (Editorial)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 17, 2011

Oil companies making unrealistic projections about spill-fighting abilities, review suggests
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 17, 2011

Oil spill response hindered by infighting between public officials, says Thad Allen
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 17, 2011

Thad Allen: Gulf oil spill response ‘most political event I’ve been involved in’
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 17, 2011

Still waiting to be made whole (Insight) by Rep. Jo Bonner
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 17, 2011

Understanding of Gulf oil spill’s impact will take years, says panel
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 14, 2011

Gulf oil spill topic of University of South Alabama panel discussion
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 13, 2011

Campaign to restore seafood industry
FOX10TV, Alabama, April 12

‘Serve the Gulf’ aims to reassure consumers about Gulf seafood safety
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, April 10, 2011

Report says Coasta Guard upprepared for spill
New York Times, New York, April 8, 2011

9 dead dolphins found since Saturday in Alabama and Mississippi
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, March 18, 2011

Oil spill: Depression increased in areas not exposed to disaster, says study
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, February 21, 2011

Editorial: Still an uphill battle against perceptions
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, February 20, 2011

Gulf Coast fishermen say tariffs critical to industry’s survival
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, February 2, 2011

Gulf Coast effort to serve as example for state
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, January 31, 2011

Gulf oil spill creates economic boom for some, bust for others
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana, January 16, 2011

Calls to program counseling oil spill victims on the rise
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, January 13, 2011

Business leaders on Alabama Gulf Coast look to ‘welcome back’ tourists in 2011
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, January 10, 2011

Bob Riley does flurry of New York media interviews on Coastal Recovery Commission report
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, January 4, 2011

Morning Joe interview with Gov. Bob Riley
MSNBC, January 3, 2011

Reaction to the National Oil Spill Commission reports
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana, January 1, 2011

Oil spill cleanup ending, but effects likely to linger for years
Associated Press, December 30, 2010

8 months later, BP’s Gulf oil spill cleanup costs appear manageable
Associated Press, December 29, 2010

Officials fear that Baldwin homeless numbers could rise in 2011
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 28, 2010

City of Foley’s BP claim expected to top $500,000
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 22, 2010

Coast Guard admiral says little seafloor oil from Gulf oil spill; report due today
Associated Press, December 17, 2010

Auburn to get almost $1 million for Gulf oil spill response projects
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 17, 2010

‘Roadmap to Resilience’ urges restoring coastal Alabama seafood brand, stabilizing coastal insurance market
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 16, 2010

Editorial: Historic message from south Alabama
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 16, 2010

J.D. Crowe editorial cartoon, “Gulf Love”
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 16, 2010

Citing oil spill, Mobile mayor Sam Jones lobbies Washington for jobs
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 7, 2010

Oil mat cleanup under way in Orange Beach
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 3, 2010

BP says government’s oil spill estimate was too large
Associated Press, December 3, 2010

Oil spill panel likely to recommend agency to ensure offshore drilling safety
Associated Press, December 2, 2010

Campaign promoting holiday tourism on Alabama Gulf Coast
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 2, 2010

Ken Feinberg scheduled to meet with task force in Gulf Shores
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 2, 2010

BP to pay developer $37.2 million to finish condo tower
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 1, 2010

Scientists, federal officials who led oil spill response headed to Mobile
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 1, 2010

Ken Feinberg: Oil spill claims changes made to answer Justice Department concerns
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, December 1, 2010

Fewer large claims paid in full, says oil spill claims center
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 30, 2010

Oil spill leaving depression, anxiety, broken marriages in its wake
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 29, 2010

Insight: Regional perspective vital for Gulf’s recovery, by Rep. Jo Bonner
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 28, 2010

Editorial: To understand the pain, come down to the Gulf Coast
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 28, 2010

Recession brings record need for Alabama social services
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 28, 2010

Questions linger about seafood safety, but FDA says consumers have little to fear
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 28, 2010

Dauphin Island to begin additional oil spill beach cleanup
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 27, 2010

Perception of beaches improving in some spots after oil spill, falling in others
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 27, 2010

Magnolia Springs wants to use BP money to dredge river
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 26, 2010

Editorial: Audit of BP money is good news for Alabama taxpayers
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 26, 2010

Gulf Coast hopes for post-spill boom from retirees
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 25, 2010

Tarballs close 4,200 square miles of Gulf of Mexico to fishing for royal red shrimp
New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana, November 24, 2010

Jo Bonner asks Justice Department to take oversight of oil spill claims process
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 24, 2010

Oil spill: Deep cleaning of beaches has Orange Beach officials worried
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 23, 2010

In oil spill claims, different standards for large and small businesses
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 23, 2010

Where did the money go? BP gave Alabama $65 million in money for grants
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 22, 2010

Editorial: Alabama leaders doing what it takes to fix the broken claims process
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 21, 2010

Scientists puzzle over fish increase after oil spill fishing ban
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 21, 2010

Hunger in Alabama is the highest in the U.S.
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 20, 2010

Hangout Fest organizers set dates for 2011 May 20-22
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 19, 2010

Editorial: One, two, three: It’s just more of the same from Kenneth Feinberg
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 18, 2010

Ocean Springs expert tells shellfish international conference he’s not sure Gulf seafood is safe
Associated Press, November 18, 2010

Gulf Shores needs answer on lost revenue claims filed with BP
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 17, 2010

Officials discuss federal damage assessment of Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 11, 2010

No shortage of ideas at Coastal Recovery Commission meeting (with video)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 10, 2010

Coastal Recovery Commission arrives in Bayou La Batre, video from Bayou La Batre public meeting
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 9, 2010

Oil Spill Claims Hot Topic At Coastal Recovery Commission Meeting
WPMI-TV, Alabama, November 9, 2010

Task Force: Economic v. Environmental Restoration
WKRG-TV, Alabama, November 9, 2010

Public hearing in Orange Beach allows public to give input
WKRG-TV, Alabama, November 9, 2010

Gulf’s future discussed at CRC meeting
WALA-TV, Alabama, November 9, 2010

Coastal Recovery Commission hears from residents affected by oil spill
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 9, 2010

Bob Riley calls oil spill claims process ‘extortion’
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 9, 2010

‘Shadow’ of oil spill seen in Gulf of Mexico plankton
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 8, 2010

Editorial: Gov. Elect Bentley can take bold step for coast by following through on CRC recommendations
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, November 3, 2010

Insight: Recovery Commission ‘going public’
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 31, 2010

Insight: We’re ‘Better Together’
Guest op ed from Sheila Hodges, CRC Tourism Sub-committee chair
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 31, 2010

Leaders seek resilient Gulf Coast after oil spill
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 31, 2010

Gulf oil spill claims complaints rise as payments slow
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 31, 2010

Briefings, updates on federal efforts to LA parish officials
Federal “Restore the Gulf” press release, October 29, 2010

Gulf seafood safety test issues; overall, no dangers revealed
L.A. Times, California, October 29, 2010

FDA explains Gulf seafood safety testing
Federal Drug Administration, October 29, 2010

Editorial: Please meet with the governors, Mr. President
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 29, 2010

Editorial: Alabama needs this seafood board
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 28, 2010

Bob Riley asks Barack Obama for joint plan on oil spill fines
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 28, 2010

Feinberg says oil spill claimants can get interim payments and still sue BP
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 28, 2010

Recovery Commission pushes for seafood marketing group
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 27, 2010

Former EPA regional administrator named director of Gulf ecosystem task force
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 26, 2010

Former EPA regional administrator John H. Hankinson, Jr. to be the executive director of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
EPA Press Release, October 25, 2010

Op Ed: Insight by Walter Bell: Affordable insurance critical to recovery
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 24, 2010

In wake of the Gulf oill spill, do we recover or re-imagine?
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 24, 2010

Cleanup plan allows oil from Gulf spill to be left behind
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 24, 2010

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon, Sen. Richard Shelby discuss claims process
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 24, 2010

Should BP’s money go where the oil didn’t?
New York Times, New York, October 24, 2010

Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley coastal concerts could lead to springtime events (with videos)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 22, 2010

Corals in Gulf of Mexico oil spill zone appear healthy (photos, video)
Associated Press, October 22, 2010

Oil spill claims: Alabama Realtors get $7.5 million for lost business
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 22, 2010

Riley calls on next governor to build ‘something very, very significant’ at Gulf Shores
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 21, 2010

Alabama real estate claims information hard to come by
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 21, 2010

6 months after Gulf oil spill, much remains unknown
Associated Press, October 20, 2010

Scientists lower Gulf’s health grade 6 months after Deepwater Horizon explosion
Associated Press, October 19, 2010

BP begins deep-cleaning beaches with ‘Sand Shark’ (with photo gallery)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 19, 2010

New method opens deepest Gulf waters to drilling, but creates new risks
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 19, 2010

Peregrine falcons checked for Gulf oil taint
Associated Press, October 19, 2010

Bayou La Batre barber sees oil spill’s toll from shop (with video, photo gallery)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 18, 2010

Auburn’s oyster farming research finds new importance after oil spill
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 18, 2010

BP’s deep cleaning to start Monday; scientist wonders whether tilling could disrupt beaches
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 17, 2010

CRC commissioner and Dauphin Island Sea Lab ex director George Crozier, “Insight: Picking up the pieces on the Gulf Coast”
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 17, 2010

White House oyster reef to open to dredgers; oyster tongers object
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 16, 2010

Bon Jovi beach concert organizers happy with turnout, step toward recovery
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 15, 2010

Judge: 1st Gulf oil spill trial could start next June
Associated Press, October 15, 2010

Poll: Coastal Alabamians fear oil spill caused permanent damage to Gulf
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 14, 2010

Drill, maybe, drill: Back to drilling, but not the same way
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, Editorial, October 14, 2010

BP mum on future plans in Gulf after lifting of offshore drilling moratorium
Associated Press, October 13, 2010

Drilling ban lifted, but uncertainties still face Gulf after oil spill
Associated Press, October 13, 2010

BP official visits Bayou, calls for continued seafood testing
Mobile-Press Register, Alabama, October 13, 2010

Perception is a Big Part of the Problem
Mobile-Press Register, Alabama, October 13, 2010

Offshore oil drilling ban lifted by Obama administration
Associated Press, October 12, 2010

Oil dispersant subject of Orange Beach tests; chemist says he found Corexit
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 12, 2010

BP to start deep cleaning Baldwin County beaches next week
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 12, 2010

Falling property values could hurt Baldwin County schools, governments
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 12, 2010

Feds to study Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s effect on bluefin tuna
Associated Press, October 11, 2010

After oil spill, Alabama, Mississippi landowners paid to create artificial marshes
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 11, 2010

America moves on from spill; Gulf Coast feels abandoned
Associated Press, October 9, 2010

Local school superintendents heading oil spill recovery committee
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 9, 2010

New oil spill claimants line up after money starts rolling in
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 9, 2010

White House says it didn’t withhold oil spill data
Associated Press, October 7, 2010

After oil spill, coastal Alabama’s brand needs rehab, says fisheries executive
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 7, 2010

White House officials blocked early release of information on oil spill’s severity
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 6, 2010

Gulf Coast should avoid ‘going back to poor’ after oil spill, says panel
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 6, 2010

White House establishes Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 5, 2010

Offshore world looks good after Gulf oil spill, scientists say (with video)
Mobile Press-Register, Alabama, October 5, 2010

Viewpoints: Coastal Recovery Commission is an opportunity for a bold plan to spend BP funds
Birmingham News, Alabama, October 3, 2010

Ricky Mathews: It’s all about hope
Mobile Press Register, Alabama, October 3, 2010

Alabama Seeks Plan for Coastal Recovery from Gulf Oil Disaster
Insurance Journal, October 1, 2010

Panel brainstorms for how to revive Alabama coast
Montgomery Advertiser, Alabama, September 29, 2010

Oil spill recovery commission holds first meeting in Spanish Fort
Mobile Register, Alabama, September 29, 2010

Mabus Report recommends a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Task Force headed by EPA chief Lisa Jackson
The Hill, September 28, 2010

Mabus post-oil spill plan: Pay for Gulf Coast recovery with BP fines (with complete plan)
Mobile Register, Alabama, September 28, 2010

Alabama oil spill recovery commission to hold first meeting
Mobile Register, Alabama, September 28, 2010

Editorial: Creating a recovery vision for the next governor
Mobile Register, Alabama, September 28, 2010

Governor Riley signs order creating Coastal Recovery Commission
WSFA 12, Alabama, September 27, 2010

Alabama Coastal Recovery Commission Being Created
Governor’s office press release, September 27, 2010 (100kb .pdf)

Gov. Bob Riley to create recovery commission for oil spill; publisher Ricky Mathews to chair panel
Mobile Register, Alabama, September 25, 2010

Alabama estimates oil spill could cost coastal areas $824 million in lost earnings
Mobile Register, Alabama, September 25, 2010

  • Headline

    A once-in-a generation opportunity is upon us. A transformational moment in Alabama history.

    That’s how Gov. Bob Riley described hopes for the Coastal Recovery Commission (CRC) of Alabama, created by his executive order on September 27, 2010.

    The CRC’s mission: To shape, in the wake of BP’s Deep Water Horizon oil spill, “a roadmap to resilience” for South Alabama.

    “We must do everything we can to restore what’s been lost because of this disaster,” said Gov. Riley. “But we should also use this moment to strengthen the resilience of our state and coastal communities. The commission will recommend ways that improve our ability to respond to future challenges and examine strategies that will mean far less suffering the next time a catastrophe threatens us.”

    The CRC’s work is funded entirely with BP money already contributed to the state. No tax dollars will be used. What’s more, Gov. Riley took pains to insulate the Commission as much as possible from politics as usual. Since he leaves office in January, he’s acutely aware that the recommendations of the Commission will be in another governor’s hands. So he’s reached out to the political camps of both men vying to replace him, inviting them to appoint their own representatives to the Commission to participate in shaping a report that should inspire the new governor no matter who wins in the November elections.

    What’s more, Gov. Riley is asking local elected officials to give the Commission a little room to work. “We’ll bring politicians in,” said the governor. “But this will be a citizen-led – not a politician-led – effort. If we do that, I promise you it will be successful.”

    The CRC is made up of citizen leaders with broad ranges of experience in civic life in Alabama’s coastal region. It’s headed by Mobile Press-Register publisher Ricky Mathews, who brings to this effort the experience of a similar commission in the post-Hurricane Katrina environment of coastal Mississippi. For a complete list of CRC members, go here.

    “What we learned after Katrina on the Mississippi Coast,” said Mathews, “is that a crisis of even enormous proportions provides opportunities to re-imagine a whole region.

    “If we do our work on this commission right,” Mathews said, “we can position South Alabama for not only bouncing back more effectively from future catastrophes like oil spills and hurricanes but also for providing greater security and more opportunity for all of our citizens, even when there are no emergencies. That’s the essence of resiliency.”

    Forging consensus on what the oil spill’s impacts were and how to make the coast safer for citizens and visitors and more secure for long-term investment is tough enough. Implementing the Commission’s recommendations next year and in the years after will be harder – if the Commission is not able to begin building coalitions of support during this process. “If we’re to make the most of this opportunity,” said Mathews, “we have to begin thinking bigger and broader than we ever have.

    “Oil spills and hurricanes don’t just threaten isolated spots on a map,” said Mathews. “Their effects reverberate through an entire state, through a region even. So our chances for coping with future threats depend upon us building a regional vision, an awareness of how we’re connected with one another and how we can work with one another to do more than any of us as individual citizens or individual communities ever imagined.”

    This is a project on a fast track. At some point – no one knows exactly when – there is the potential for billions of dollars to flow to the coastal states from BP and from other energy-related sources. To assure that Alabama is positioned to make the most of this potential investment, “we need a plan,” said Gov. Riley. And it has to come quickly.

    So the Commission is committed to delivering its report by Dec. 15, initially as a downloadable pdf from this website. Printed books will be available soon thereafter.

    The Commission is organizing its work under three broad topics, each connected with the other and each representing a key component of regional adaptability and sustainability:

    A Healthy Environment
    A Healthy Society
    A Healthy Economy

    Commission members are assigned to each of the topics and will break the broader categories into sub-committees as they see fit. We’ll report on the activities of those committees and sub-committees on this website regularly.

    This is a very public process. Participation of regional experts, elected and appointed officials from all the towns and counties affected by the oil spill, regional business folks, and residents will have plenty of opportunities to review CRC work in progress and contribute their ideas and comments. They’ll be able to do that in person at community meetings, by mail or phone, and online via this website.

    Here’s how to make the best use of this site:



    If you want to know who’s on the Commission and who’s staffing it, click on the WHO tab in the toolbar above.

    If you want to understand the CRC’s mission, get answers to frequently asked questions, and see background data committees are gathering, click on the WHAT & WHY tab.

    If you want to know the schedule of public events and locations for meetings, click on the WHEN & WHERE tab.

    If you want to contact us directly, you’ll find information under CONTACT US, and at the bottom of each news post in the column to the left, is space for comments and questions.

    If you want to read or see what others are saying about the CRC effort, we’ll post links and documens under IN THE NEWS.





    This is going to move fast. So keep in touch. We need your participation.







  • PROCESS VIDEOS
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