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USF, NOAA reseachers confirm oil plume listen

06/08/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Today, scientists from the University of South Florida and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reaffirmed a widespread suspicion: that there’s oil suspended beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. But they won’t say much else about it.

Dr. William Hogarth, dean of USF Marine Science, was plain about the significance of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

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Sen Bill Nelson visits oil spill incident command post in St Pete listen

05/07/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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In order to respond to effects on the West Coast of Florida from the BP oil blowout, federal, state and local agencies have established an incident command post in St. Petersburg. Representatives from BP, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the U.S. Coast Guard, are among the groups stationed at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on the campu...

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Chemicals used to clean oil spill may have ill effects listen

05/03/10 Lisa Marzilli
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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One of the techniques being used by BP to tackle the massive oil spill is the use of chemical oil dispersants such as solvents, and other compounds. They’re used to reduce the effect of oil spills by changing the chemical and physical properties of the oil. However, they are controversial.

On a phone call with reporters today, US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry said the use of such dispersants is unprecedented at the depths they’re being used.

Associate Professor Peter Harri...

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Officials give rosy view on oil spill recovery efforts listen

04/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today officials from British Petroleum and several government agencies updated the press on their latest efforts to curb the impacts of the growing oil slick in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. US Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry had a rosy view of the cleanup effort which includes burning a portion of the spill. Landry did say however that the event was unprecedented.

Landry added that to call the leaking oil well seeping at a rate of forty-two thousand gallons a day a catastrophe would be...

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NOAA recommends scaling back coastal drilling plans listen

10/12/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends dramatically scaling back a Bush-era plan to drill for oil and natural gas of the coasts of America. That’s according to a letter released today on the website of PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

If accepted, the [Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2010-2015](http://www.mms.gov/5-yea...

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Sperm whale necropsy at Ft. DeSoto Beach listen

01/02/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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An aging sperm whale found floating in shallow waters off Pinellas County was euthanized yesterday. The body of the 15-ton whale was dragged ashore at Ft. DeSoto Park where biologists performed a necropsy.

This afternoon, WMNF spoke with one of the participants in the necropsy, Alex Costidis, who is a marine mammal biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and a student at the University of Florida.

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