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Experts discuss New York State Attorney's fracking lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers listen

02/17/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hydrofracking is the process of extracting natural gas from shale rock under the Earth’s surface. The New York State Attorney General is bringing charges against the Army Corps of Engineers to crack down on the lack of regulation of the process known as fracking. Two of the main players spoke about the lawsuit to students, faculty and members of the public at Stetson Law yesterday.

Mauricio Roma is a geologist who works on the case ...

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Saving Sarasota Watershed from sea level rise and stormwater; preserving economy listen

02/17/12 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Sarasota’s rapidly changing population makes it difficult to keep up with preserving its watershed. At a three-day symposium that concluded today, professionals in different fields reviewed ways to pick up the pace for the county’s biggest attractor.

The threat of sea level rise has environmentalists worried about damage to homes, roadways, and anything else along coastal areas. Sarasota’s fresh water habitats could also be contaminated by encro...

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Two years after the BP spill, how does oil drilling sit with Florida voters on eve of GOP primary? listen

01/30/12 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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It's been less than two years since the BP oil spill gushed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in One of the worst environmental disasters in US history. As Republican voters in Florida decide tomorrow which of the GOP candidates they prefer as their presidential nominee, we look at the candidates’ stances on gulf oil drilling and whether the BP oil spill still weighs heavily in the minds of voters in the sunshine state.

Last week, The U.S. Department of the Interior anno...

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Environmentalists protest Pam Bondi for joining a suit to block EPA mercury rule listen

12/13/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has joined 24 other states in a lawsuit that would block an Environmental Protection Agency rule to reduce mercury air pollution. But a group of advocates gathered in front of Bondi’s Tampa office today to ask her to drop that suit. The Sierra Club’s Phil Compton is concer...

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SWFWMD considers allowing hunting on some properties, but there's opposition listen

12/06/11 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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The Southwest Florida Water Management District, or SWFWMD, is considering opening more of its public land for hunting. Recreational users like horseback riders and hikers are squaring off against the hunters to stop the plan from proceeding.

Opponents of increased hunting on three SWFWMD properties are staking much of their debate on the financial burden it could put on the agency. Those properties are [Cypress Creek Prese...

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Archaeologists concerned about disc golf course and beach erosion at St. Pete's Maximo Park listen

11/14/11 Andrea Lypka
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Maximo Park is regarded by many as an important environmental and archeological site in South Pinellas. It’s on Boca Ciega Bay alongside Eckerd College. But ten years ago a disc golf course was established. But can the disc golf players coexist with environmentalists and the local community?

Maximo Park is situated on a Tocobaga Indian mound that dates back 6,000 years. Ray Wunderlich, a member of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program’s Citizens Advisory Council, a board member of the Pinellas...

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The Endangered Species Act: Under attack? listen

09/30/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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For many years the Endangered Species act has saved hundreds of species from becoming extinct. Now 13 different legislative proposals are pending in Congress that could put the Endangered Species Act at risk.

For nearly 40 years the Endangered Species Act has worked to protect endangered species. The act protects 107 endangered species in Florida alone. But some members of Congress are attempting to weaken the Endangered Species Act. Robert Dewey, vice president for government relations f...

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Florida gets federal grants to support habitat conservation for endangered species including scrub jay listen

09/29/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced $53 million in grants given to 17 states for habitat conservation planning for endangered species. Florida’s grants will benefit the Florida scrub jay and three endangered plant species.

The Florida grants allow states to work with conservation groups and private landowners to create conservation plans to ensure the survival of endangered species. They’re possible because of the Endangered Species Act. Through the Habitat Conserva...

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Hillsborough Commissioners learn environmental effects of jet fuel spill listen

08/18/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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It has been almost a month since a pipeline carrying jet fuel from Orlando to Tampa ruptured, spilling thousands of gallons of fuel into a creek in Mango, fifteen miles east of Tampa.

Alain Watson is emergency response coordinator for the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. This morning he told County Commissioners, in their role as the EPC board, about the extent of the spill and damages to the environment.

“The final numbers on the amount of jet fuel tha...

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How will Florida's battle with EPA over nutrient regulations affect Hillsborough? listen

08/18/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The state of Florida is in a battle with thefeds over water quality. Hillsborough County is affected by the ongoing dispute over regulating nitrogen and phosphorus pollution in Florida.

In 2008, a Florida Department of Environmental Protection report determine that half the rivers and lakes in Florida were impaired because of nutrients. After getting no response from the state for a plan to clean up its waterways, the federal Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, imposed numeric limits...

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