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Castor - new bill would designate 80 percent of BP fine money for Gulf states listen

11/22/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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With the recent election, Black Friday, and body scans dominating the public sphere, it may be easy to forget that the Gulf coast is still hurting from the BP oil disaster. One Tampa member of Congress has filed a bill that would tackle region’s oil disaster troubles in a range of ways.

The millions of gallons of oil that shot out of the sea floor for months are out of sight, out of mind for many. But while the collective consciousness has moved on from the BP oil disaster, Florida’s $...

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Panel of USF scientists present oil spill findings to the public listen

11/17/10 Jamie Kidder
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Last night in St. Petersburg, a panel of USF based marine scientists shared their findings on the impact of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Bob Weisberg is a Professor of Physical Oceanography at the University of South Florida, and a leading expert on the role of the Gulf’s loop current.

"It provides the connectivity between the Caribbean and southeastern United States. It flows into the Gulf of Mexico through the Yucatan, out through the Florida straights and then up the east ...

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Repower America's Snake Oil Awards listen

11/16/10 Sarah Curran
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The first annual Snake Oil Awards, hosted by Repower America in St. Petersburg, were full of lies and deceit, corporation corruption and environmental disasters. Repower America spokesperson Blake Williams says the organizations honored in these awards all sold Americans their own brand of snake oil.

“2010 was remarkable year for a number of reasons first we had a number of huge environmental disaster from the BP spill here in Florida to a large oil spill in southwest Michigan to the c...

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American consumers partly to blame for BP oil spill, says first book on Gulf disaster listen

10/20/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today, several environmental groups sued BP for the effect of the oil disaster on endangered Gulf of Mexico wildlife.

The groups, Defenders of Wildlife, Gulf Restoration Network and Save the Manatee Club, accuse BP of violating the Endangered Species Act and want the fossil fuel giant to restore habitats and mitigate the impact of the disaster that began six months ago today.

Meanwhile, the first book on the BP oil disaster has been released. It’s called [*In Deep Water – The Anatom...

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Industry-sponsored "Clean Gulf" conference draws fire listen

10/20/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Six months ago today, an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven workers. The deep water well may have been dead for three months, but the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed left a stain on the Gulf Coast’s environment as well as its economy. Entities involved in the cleanup touted their response efforts, but not without getting an earful from critics.

The annual Clean Gulf conference is in its twentieth year, but this is the first one since the Deepwater H...

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First book on Gulf disaster criticizes BP safety shortcuts listen

10/19/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tomorrow is the six-month anniversary of the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The first book on the BP oil disaster has been released. It’s called In Deep Water – The Anatomy of a Disaster, the Fate of the Gulf, and How to End our Oil Addiction. It is co-authored by Peter Lehner, the executive director of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Tomorrow, on the six-month anniversary of the Dee...

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Sen. Nelson livid over Gulf spill misinformation listen

10/07/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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A report alleging the federal government blocked worst case estimates of the Gulf oil gusher is bad news for the Obama administration, which is already having trouble with its image. Today that didn’t stop Bill Nelson from blasting its supposed decision to severely downplay the oil flow.

In a conference room overlooking the Downtown St. Petersburg waterfront today, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson is fuming.

Nelson has been one of the harshest critics of BP’s and the government’s respo...

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Feinberg says geographic proximity to oil impact will not play role in compensation listen

10/04/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Kenneth Feinberg announced today that geographic proximity to oil-impacted areas will no longer play a role in whether people can get compensated for losses from the BP oil disaster.

The administrator of the compensation fund had previously said that distance from oiled beaches would be taken into account. But he has reversed that decision after hearing from angry Gulf residents.

Governor Charlie Crist released a statement saying, “Removing physical proximity from the criteria for cla...

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Cuban, American, and Mexican scientists meet in Sarasota to discuss BP disaster & science in the Gulf listen

09/28/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been nearly fifty years since the start of the U.S. embargo against Cuba. Most people can’t exactly catch a plane to Habana, but scientific study of the body of water the two countries share might help break the stalemate. In a room overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway at Sarasota’s Mote Marine Lab, Wayne Smith of the Center for International policy makes a compelling point.

The audience consists mostly of scientists from the U.S., Cuba, and Mexico. Smith says relations have be...

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Greenpeace Launches Expedition to Study Impacts of Gulf Oil Spill listen

08/11/10 Allie Wilkinson
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The environmental organization Greenpeace wants to uncover the true extent of the oil disaster in the Gulf. They’re launching a three-month research expedition from St. Petersburg.

Greenpeace and several academic institutions are setting course to sample the waters and marine life of the Gulf aboard their “Arctic Sunrise” research vessel. They think there’s no truth to the recent news that most oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been eliminated. Dan Howells is the Greenpea...

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