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Proposed gas pipeline could threaten Tampa Bay water supply listen

05/19/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: EPA, Sabal Trail, Anita Stewart, SpectraBusters, environment, water, natural gas

A coalition of energy companies including Florida Power and Light wants to build a 460-mile long natural gas pipeline through Florida and two other states. But environmentalists are pushing back against the project they say could contaminate aquifers. Anita Stewart is a district supervisor for the Hillsborough County Soil and Water Conservation District. She’s worried about a section of the pipeline that could bisect parts of a preserved area in Sumter and Pasco counties.

“This pipeline i...

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Hands Across the Sand adds Keystone XL to list of concerns listen

05/16/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Hands Across The Sand, environment, drilling, Fracking, Oil, fossil fuels

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Environmental activists are joining hands for fifteen minutes in cities all over the world this weekend for the fifth annual Hands Across the Sand action. The idea is to send a message to Washington that dirty fossil fuels are not OK.

There are rallies scheduled at 6 locations in our listening area – St. Pete Beach, Indian Rocks Beach, Gandy Beach, Picnic Park, Venice Beach and Englewood Beach. The hand-holding starts at noon.

"This is the 5th 'hands across the sands'. The first 'hand...

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Fours years later, BP oil disaster still churns up environmental concerns listen

04/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: environment, BP, Deepwater Horizon, oil spill, Gulf Restoration Network, David Jolly, Sierra Club

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Four years after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are still turning up evidence that the ecosystem is suffering. During a press conference Thursday on the downtown St. Pete waterfront, David White with the National Wildlife Federation said a recent study shows 14 species have problems likely caused by the oil and dispersants used to clean it up.

“Recently we found oil in the embryos, in the eggs of White Pelicans on their breeding grounds in Minnesota – both Macondo ...

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Hillsborough's environmental lands acquisition program celebrates silver anniversary listen

04/14/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: ELAPP, Hillsborough County, environment, Jan Platt, Frank Chillura, Temple Terrace, Mark Sharpe, Sandra Murman

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Supporters are celebrating the silver anniversary of a program to protect environmentally sensitive lands in Hillsborough County. 25 years ago under the leadership of former county commissioner Jan Platt, the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program started buying up properties in Hillsborough.

“More voters voted for this than they did for anything else on the ballot and it also passed by the greatest margin. That ought to tell the politicians something when they sit and vot...

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Duke Energy subject of solar petition drive in St. Pete listen

04/02/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: environment, solar, Duke Energy, coal, Sierra Club

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About 100 environmental activists are asking Duke Energy to start investing in solar energy instead of continuing to rely on the coal-fired Crystal River plant. The group claims to have delivered more than 5,000 petitions to Duke Energy’s downtown St. Petersburg headquarters after rallying in the park across the street. Brooksville resident Deevon Quirolo says she single-handedly gathered 1,000 of them.

“Austin, Texas just launched a deal to use a solar array with 150 megawatts of energy ...

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Environmentalists rally against proposed drilling wastewater disposal well near Everglades listen

03/21/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Environment Florida, wastewater disposal well, Fracking, drilling, Oil, environment

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Environmentalists are continuing a campaign urging the EPA to reject a toxic wastewater disposal well near local drinking water supplies and the neighboring wildlife refuge. The plan would allow chemical containing waste to be pumped into an underground well. Environment Florida’s Jennifer Rubiello says if the well is approved, it could lead to other extreme drilling projects like fracking.

"On March 11 the Environmental Protection Agency hosted a special information session and public he...

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Activists will rally for clean energy at Duke in St. Pete listen

02/26/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: clean energy, environment, nuclear, coal, solar, Duke Energy, Progress Energy

Activists from around the Tampa Bay area will rally at the Duke Energy headquarters in downtown St. Pete this weekend to demand clean energy. It’s being organized by Greenpeace community coordinator Christine Wall. During an interview this week, Wall said the group hopes to draw attention to the dangers associated with coal and nuclear plants.

Activists will have petitions to sign as well as a booth for making Clean Energy t-shirts.

"Duke Energy probably has seven nuclear plants around...

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Clean water activists to take their fight to stubborn Tallahassee Republicans

02/07/14 Janelle Irwin
Last Call Friday
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Tags: water, Cathy Harrelson, Sierra Club, environment, Janelle Irwin

Environmental groups are supporting a pledge signed by more than 2,000 people so far asking the state to stop over consumption and privatization of Florida's water supply.

The groups also want legislation that promotes proactive behaviors instead of reactionary ones - an act Cathy Harrelson says would ultimately save money.

But many lawmakers are pushing back against water regulations including House Speaker Will Weatherford and Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Harrelson joins us on the ...

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Long Bar Pointe development off the table on Manatee County waterfront, for now listen

12/26/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: Manatee County, environment, Janelle Irwin, fisheries, Development, Long Bar Pointe, WMNF News, Bradenton

A controversial development proposal on waterfront property in Manatee County is on hold for now. Nearly 500 acres of waterfront won’t be considered for a land use change at a meeting next month that would have given investors the green light on building a resort, retail center and convention center.

“All the grass flats – that’s where the Trout, the Red Fish, the Snook – they all get their nourishment in that area. If we ever get Scallops back, that’s where they’re going to be. It’s jus...

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3-wheel car developer promises great fuel efficiency at low cost listen

12/13/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: Elio Motors, fuel economy, fuel efficiency, environment, technology

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A fuel efficient car that looks like it could take off and fly at any moment could soon be available on the market for less than some used cars. But some critics worry the three wheeled two-seater might end up costing more than the company claims.

The Elio is expected to get up to 84 miles per gallon on the highway and at least 50 miles per gallon in the city. Jerome Vassallo, Vice President of sales for the Elio Motors, says the fuel economy combines light we...

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