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USF researcher looks back at five years of impacts on Gulf of BP disaster

04/13/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: BP oil disaster, Gulf Oil Disaster, oil spill, USF, USF College of Marine Science, St. Petersburg, Gulf of Mexico, BP, Transocean, Deepwater Horizon


Five years ago this month the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico; in this WMNF MidPoint conversation we spoke with a professor of Marine Science at USF and took calls and texts from listeners.

Professor Steve Murawski from the University of South Florida College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg. Murawski studies population dynamics and Marine ecosystem analysis and is studying the effects of the BP oil disaster on the health of the Gulf of Mexico. He spoke about h...

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Florida residents asked how to spend $4 million for marine research after BP oil disaster listen

10/31/14 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: BP oil spill, environment, RESTORE Act, Madeira Beach, marine, Florida Institute of Oceanography, Audubon, Transocean


Florida will receive $4 million for research as part of the Transocean settlement after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.

Thursday night at Madeira Beach City Hall, residents had an opportunity to say how they want that money spent. Eight people showed up for the forum to give their input.

Congress passed the Restore Act to compensate the states around the Gulf of Mexico that were affected by the BP oil disaster....

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Activist asks Hillsborough Commission to consider Latino-strong district listen

04/17/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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During public comment of Wednesday’s Hillsborough County Commission meeting, one activist spoke in favor of the idea of increasing the number of districts in the county to make it more likely a Latino commissioner could be elected.

Maria Asuncion Lopez from Seffner is the founder and president of the nonprofit organization Voz y Acción de Puerto Rico.

In other news from Wednesday's meeting, Commission...

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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; i...

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Congressional committee grills rig execs listen

05/12/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce asked the heads of four corporations what went wrong at the Deepwater Horizon rig site on April 20. Their answer, for the most part, was that they don’t know. Rep. Henry Waxman grilled them on an equipment test failure that had occurred just hours ahead of the rig explosion. [U.S. Rep. Peter Welch](http:/...

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Castor says BP thinks oil leak could be up to 60 thousand barrels per day listen

05/05/10 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Yesterday, representatives from three of the companies responsible for the Gulf oil well blow-out — BP, Transocean and Halliburton — held closed-door meetings with some members of Congress.

Tampa-area U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor attended a meeting, and tells us she heard from the companies that there is uncertainty about when the leak will be un...

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