Self restoration

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:54 AM.

A civil trial got underway this week before a federal judge in Louisiana.

Negotiations with BP for a final settlement of all civil claims, a sure thing Williams insisted, have been complicated by the competing interests of the affected Gulf Coast states, as reported last week by outlets such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Any RESTORE funds coming here, if any, seem a long way off.

In fact, according to the reports from the two newspapers, negotiations were actually complicated by the RESTORE Act and the way it divides up settlement money.

Put it in micro terms.

The county RESTORE Act committee has done an excellent job of establishing a structure and process considering the committee is operating from no rules book.

But the committee is sitting on pre-proposals amounting to four times the amount considered the most optimistic number for money coming to Gulf County.

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