FWC holds emergency meeting on spill

05/19/10 Kelly Benjamin
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As reports of tar balls washing up on Florida's coast spread today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission held an emergency meeting this morning at the Tradewinds resort on St. Pete Beach to discuss the agency's ongoing response to the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. Chairman Rodney Barreto told WMNF that he called the meeting to dispel false rumors and growing fears that Florida is in imminent danger from oil coming ashore or immediately effecting fishing and tourism.

However, Jim Culter, Senior Scientist at the Mote Marine Laboratory raised additional concerns that plumes of oil in deepwater could eventually effect Florida's coastline.

Culter also raised concerns about the possible hazards of BP's continued use of chemical dispersants in attempts to stop the oil from reaching the surface.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission told Mr. Culter that they would have to get back to him on that.

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