Sen. Bill Nelson to speak in St. Pete to mark two-year anniversary of BP Oil Spill

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Friday will mark the two-year anniversary of when the entire Gulf region was rocked by the news of an explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oilrig in the Gulf of Mexico, reports William Mansell of Patch.

Millions of gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf, tourists fled Florida’s (and the rest of the Gulf’s) beaches and 11 people died as a result of the incident.

On Friday, April 20, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., will be speaking at Demens Landing in St. Pete at a memorial marking two years since the oil spill.

The event is being put on by the Gulf Restoration Network and the Sierra Club. The groups released a statement Wednesday.

“As the two-year memorial approaches, oil is still present in the western Gulf and the disaster continues. Across the region, help is needed to restore the Gulf of Mexico’s coast, communities, and marine ecosystems.

The event will focus on the importance of direct funding for Gulf restoration and research, keeping oil drilling off Florida’s shores and breaking the addiction to oil by creating jobs in a clean energy economy.”

The memorial is from 3 – 3:40 p.m. Friday at Demens Landing, which is located along St. Pete’s bayfront at 400 1st Ave. SE.

While the spill happended in 2010, the Gulf Restoration Network said the negative effects of the oil spill are still being felt today.

“From tarballs on beaches and oil in the wetlands, to new science showing traces of oil in plankton and sick dolphins, the evidence of the disaster’s long-term effects continues to accumulate.

Unfortunately, Congress has yet to pass any legislation in response to the disaster, elongating the long road to restoration. Florida must remain vigilant against drilling off its shores and begin the shift toward a clean energy future.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.