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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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David Jolly tells Pinellas voters he didn't lobby for offshore oil drilling; DCCC accuses him of lying listen

01/07/14 Seán Kinane and Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: David Jolly, DCCC, oil drilling, Bill Young, Alex Sink, Kathleen Peters, beaches, Oil

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is accusing Republican Congressional candidate David Jolly of lying about whether he lobbied for the petroleum industry.

During a candidate forum yesterday hosted by the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, Jolly was asked if he lobbied for oil companies.

During his response, he denied it.

But in emails last...

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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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U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor applauds oil recycling start-up at Port of Tampa listen

11/06/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: kathy castor, NexLube, Oil, recycling, environment, economic development, Port of Tampa

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The first oil recycling business in Florida is scheduled to open by next summer. During a press conference Wednesday at the Port of Tampa where work has already begun on the $120 million NexLube facility, U.S. Representative Kathy Castor said the project will create 800 construction jobs.

“But eventually, when it’s operational, the higher wage, technical jobs that we need here in this community for a change.”

About 85-100 permanent jobs are expected to open with NexLube – a handful of ...

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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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Problems in Africa kick off two day conference on international affairs listen

03/28/13 Janelle Irwin
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Many countries in Africa are facing famine, poverty and civil war. A panel of experts dove into the issues facing African nations during the first day of USF St. Petersburg’s Conference on International Affairs.

Countries like Mali and Libya face fierce fighting between groups in power and opposition forces. The issue has left a divide among people who think the U.S. should provide military intervention and those who think the militarization of nations should be avoided. Bill Felice, ...

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NOAA Fisheries representative promotes RESTORE Act to help Gulf after BP disaster listen

11/10/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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The Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout last year was one of the most damaging events for Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. Wednesday night Eckerd College hosted a lecture about the impact of the oil disaster by Cathy Tortorici, the Gulf of Mexico Regional Ecosystem Program Director for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

During the height of the disaster, NOAA estimates 950 miles of coastline came into contact with oil. Wi...

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Tampa activists demand cleaner air rules from the EPA listen

08/24/11 Josh Holton
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Environmentalists rallied for clean air this morning in downtown Tampa. Their demand for less smog goes hand in hand with their call for reducing the rising rates of asthma in children.

About twenty protesters gathered around the base of a giant inflatable hand in Gaslight Park. The hand was holding an asthma inhaler, which for the activists represents the negative health effects of breathing in too much smog from fossil...

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Geologist: fossil fuels likely to remain dominant energy source for US listen

04/20/11 Matthew Cimitile
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Despite last year’s BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, global energy demand will continue to make fossil fuels the essential energy source for the coming decades. That’s the conclusion of a geologist who spoke last week at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science.

Nearly 19 million barrels of oil is consumed in the United States each day. According to the Institute of Energy Research, this staggering number meets 37 percent of the nation’s energy demand. Pet...

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