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Florida environmentalists pitch oil spill fine projects listen

03/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A committee of government representatives is collecting ideas from gulf coast residents about how to use money recovered from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster. The group was in St. Pete last night where they heard from environmental advocates about projects that could benefit from extra funding. Dave Howard with Friends of Tampa Bay Refuges suggested some of the money be set aside for beach renourishment at Egmont Key off the coast of southern St. Petersburg.

“It used to be over 500 acres; it’...

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Tampa Bay Estuary Program announces which ecosystem restoration programs it would like to see funded from BP oil disaster money listen

03/12/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Gulf Coast will get millions of dollars for ecosystem restoration as part of fines resulting from the 2010 BP oil disaster.

A partnership of estuary protection groups and local communities has come up with a list of environmental improvement projects they hope will be funded.

One of the partners is the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Holly Greening is their executive director.

"Last year Congress approved the Restore Act, last July. That act allows 80 percent of the Clean Water ...

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Businesses that suffered from the BP oil disaster have a new claims process listen

08/23/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Some businesses along the Gulf coast are getting a second chance to get reimbursed by BP for lost revenue as a result of the 2010 oil disaster. But thousands of businesses in Florida haven’t taken advantage of the settlement. Thursday morning in St. Pete Beach business leaders met with a lawyer whose job it is to get them their money.

Any business along the Gulf coast that can prove they lost revenue during and after the BP oil spill can file a claim to get their money back. And Patrick...

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Environmental activists praise U.S. Senator Bill Nelson for RESTORE Act listen

07/16/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A piece of legislation that will bring billions of dollars to Gulf coast communities for restoration efforts was signed by President Obama earlier this month. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson was the lead sponsor of the RESTORE Act and he’s taking his success on the road. At a press conference at the Florida Aquarium in Tampa today, members of the environmental community thanked him for his part in helping make the Gulf of Mexico healthier after the BP oil disaster.

“It’s bi-partisan, it’s wel...

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RESTORE Act will fund research in Florida and other Gulf states listen

07/05/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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States affected by the 2010 oil spill will share 80% of the fines BP is ordered to pay. U.S. Senator Bill Nelson celebrated the news in St. Petersburg at USF’s College of Marine Science in front of about 50 people.

Nelson, a Democrat, was one of the sponsors of the RESTORE Act. The measure, which he says President Obama will sign into law tomorrow, defines how money awarded will be divvied among five Gulf States including Flor...

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Geologist says Florida panhandle beaches still affected by tar balls from Deepwater Horizon disaster

05/09/12 Seán Kinane
Last Call Wednesday
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More than two years ago the Deepwater Horizon exploded, setting off the worst maritime oil accident in U.S. history. The petroleum industry as well as people in the seafood and tourism sectors would like you to believe the effects of the oil disaster are long gone. But our guest has found lingering evidence of oil and dispersant on the beaches of Florida’s Panhandle. In a manuscript published last month, Rip Kirby inc...

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Problems with dispersants and effects on corals are some lingering concerns of 2010 BP oil disaster listen

04/20/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded two years ago today in the Gulf of Mexico. It killed 11 workers and led to the worst maritime oil disaster in the U.S. The National Wildlife Federation has released a report called A Degraded Gulf Of Mexico: Wildlife and Wetlands Two Years into the Gulf Oil Disaster. Yesterday, we heard the [first half](http://www.wmnf.org/news_stories/national-wildlife-federation-warns-of-continued-pollution-2-...

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National Wildlife Federation warns of continued pollution 2 years after Deepwater Horizon disaster listen

04/19/12 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Two years ago tomorrow the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 rig workers and setting off the worst oil disaster in U.S. history.

The National Wildlife Federation has been studying the effects of the spill on plants, animals and ecosystems of the Gulf. Doug Inkley is their senior wildlife biol...

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Two Views on the Environment from Writer/Sustainable Farmer Janisse Ray and the Tampa Bay Times Statewide Environmental Reporter Craig Pittman

02/21/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up first today we'll talk with writer, poet and sustainable living proponent Janisse Ray, author of several books including ECOLOGY OF A CRACKER CHILDHOOD. She'll be speaking tonight at St. Leo University. And later in the program we'll hear from Craig Pittman who is one of the leading environmental journalists in the state. He's written several books including MANATEE INSANITY. We'll talk about some major environmental issues that...

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Is oil leaking from the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf?

09/01/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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The Mobile Press Register newspaper reported last week that:

"Scientific analysis has confirmed that oil bubbling up above BP’s sealed Deepwater Horizon well in recent days is a chemical match for the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed into the Gulf last summer.

"The Press-Register collected samples of the oil about a mile from the well site on Tuesday and provided them to Ed Overton and Scott Miles, chemists with Louisiana State University.

"The pair did much o...

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