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Fours years later, BP oil disaster still churns up environmental concerns listen

04/17/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: environment, BP, Deepwater Horizon, oil spill, Gulf Restoration Network, David Jolly, Sierra Club

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Four years after the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, researchers are still turning up evidence that the ecosystem is suffering. During a press conference Thursday on the downtown St. Pete waterfront, David White with the National Wildlife Federation said a recent study shows 14 species have problems likely caused by the oil and dispersants used to clean it up.

“Recently we found oil in the embryos, in the eggs of White Pelicans on their breeding grounds in Minnesota – both Macondo ...

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Four years after oil spill, environmentalists still looking for restoration listen

04/08/14 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: BP, oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf

A National Wildlife Federation study of Gulf wildlife four years after the BP oil spill shows a continued effect on bottlenose dolphins. According to the report, since 2010, more than 900 dolphins have found dead or stranded in the affected area and last year dolphins were found dead at three times the rate considered normal. The study also looked at ongoing affects on birds, whales and varies species of fish. During a teleconference today, Dr. Pamela Plotkin, an oceanography research profess...

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Environmental group asks Obama administration to stop doing business with BP listen

04/01/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Center for Biological Diversity, BP, BP disaster, Gulf Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico, Barack Obama, Environmental Protection Agency

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An environmental advocacy group is asking the Obama administration to cut off the fossil fuel company BP from government contracts.

In March, nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Environmental Protection Agency allowed BP to begin bidding on oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and other business with the government.

Now, the Center for Biological Diversity is petitioning the Obama administration to cut its ties with BP.

WMNF interviewed Jaclyn Lopez, st...

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Louisiana dolphins sick from BP oil spill listen

12/27/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: BP, oil spill, Deepwater Horizon, 2010 oil spill, NOAA, dolphins, Gulf Restoration Network

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Dolphins living in the Gulf of Mexico near Louisiana are in poor and sometimes grave health following the 2010 BP oil disaster. That’s based on a study released last week conducted by researchers from various governmental and private groups.

The study looked at 32 dolphins in Barataria Bay off the coast of the southeast tip of Louisiana. Of those, 29 were examined by ultrasound and lab tests. According to the study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, nearly half ...

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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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Are Recent Gains in Fishing Stock Being Wiped Out In Gulf of Mexico By Illegal Fishing?

08/16/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Good morning. Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Illegal fishing is a huge and growing problem in the Gulf of Mexico and it’s putting the Gulf Coast economy and our national security at risk. Illegal fishing boats, mostly from Mexico, come into U.S. waters to steal fish, costing our economy dearly. (Globally, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing costs the economy up to $23 per year.) Many of these boats are also used for drug smuggling and other crimes. Yet as big as this pro...

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Gulf of Mexico RESTORE Act public meeting kicks off in Tampa listen

06/25/13 Samuel Johnson
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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It’s been more than three years since the Deepwater Horizon spewed millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The states along the Gulf are poised to rebuild thanks in part to their membership in the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, GOMA. In Tampa at the 8th annual meeting of GOMA more than 200 business people and government employees are sharing ideas about the recovery efforts.

In 2012 the US Congress passed the Resources and Ecosystems Sustaina...

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In Pinellas 200 alternative energy advocates hold hands to oppose offshore drilling listen

05/20/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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On Saturday 200 Tampa Bay residents protested against oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

They lined up along the shore of Treasure Island in Pinellas County, held hands and chanted "Hey ho, hey ho, fossil fuels have got to go."

For more than three years, Hands Across the Sand has been a way for people to show their support for alternatives to oil drilling.

Members of community groups and environmental organizations parti...

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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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Tax Day protests in Tampa and St. Pete blast wealthy corporations that evade taxes listen

04/15/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Wealthy corporations have access to tax loopholes that many individuals and small businesses can’t get. Tax Day protests on both sides of the bay this morning had activists lashing out at what they call tax evaders.

About a dozen activists in Tampa were up before the sun to light up the U.S. 301 overpass over I-4. Back-lit posters spelled out the words ‘U paid more taxe$ than Verizon’.

“You and I are paying taxes and all these huge corporations are not paying taxes.”

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