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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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Report points out potential dangers to environment and water supply of drilling in southwest Florida listen

12/10/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Environment Florida, drilling, Oil, Fracking

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A new report by a Florida environmental group warns that drilling for fossil fuels in the southwest part of the state could threaten habitat and water supplies.

Last week the Environment Florida Research and Policy Center released Fracking by the Numbers.

We spoke with Jennifer Rubiello, a field associate with Environment Florida.

"The issue of fracking in Florida has been a bit of a c...

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Big oil plans for cleanup after frequent spills listen

11/14/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: BP, oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, environment, drilling, Oil, fossil fuels, Gulf of Mexico

Oil industry professionals are learning about new technologies for spill prevention and response. A conference hosting big oil and companies that respond to spills is going on at the Tampa Convention Center this week.

The hundreds of people attending the three-day conference are also taking it as an opportunity to network with other companies. Gwen Keenan is the director of emergency response for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

“There’s a very robust and mature pro...

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Backyard drilling may be coming soon to a Naples neighborhood; residents fear fracking listen

06/10/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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A Texas-based company has filed an application with the state to drill just outside a residential neighborhood in Naples. People who live in the Golden Gate Estates neighborhood in Collier County want the project moved out of their backyard. Jaime Duran owns the closest home to the proposed oil and natural gas well. He said he and his wife knew nothing of the proposal until they received a letter asking them for household information.

“She told us that they were putting together a conti...

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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor is in Cuba; will lean about their environment, economy and culture

04/04/13 Seán Kinane & Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa-area member of Congress Kathy Castor is in Cuba on what her office calls a fact-finding visit. The Democrat traveled to the socialist island Wednesday and will learn about Cuba's economy, culture, human rights and environment.

While on her trip Castor will speak with the ministry of tourism and a professor of gender studies.

She’ll spend time in Old Havana with small business owners to encoura...

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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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Michelle Bachmann will consider drilling in the Everglades listen

08/29/11 Associated Press
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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In an Associated Press interview, Republican Presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann says she would consider drilling for oil and natural gas in the Everglades.

"The United States needs to be less dependent on foreign sources of energy and more dependent upon American resourcefulness. And so whether that is in the Everglades or whether that is in the Eastern Gulf region or whether that is in North Dakota, we need to, we need to go to where the energy is. But, of course, it needs to be d...

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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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