What the Oil Spill Means for Florida
Oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico since an oil rig exploded last month. The rig was leased by BP, which has been trying to cap the well and stem the flow of petroleum. Meanwhile, Gulf Coast communities are watching and waiting to see what impact the spill will have on their beaches and their economies. We’ll assess the threat to Florida and talk about the ocean currents that will determine where the oil goes.
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State of Florida Information Hotline: (888) 337-3569
The state has set up a toll-free telephone line to provide residents and visitors with information about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Operators are on duty to answer questions about the state's response activities, volunteer opportunities and health, safety and protective tips from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Several hotlines also have been set up by the unified response team (which includes EPA, BP and the Coast Guard):
To report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information, call (866) 448-5816
To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401
NOTE: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission asks residents not to pick up or try to help oiled wildlife, but to contact authorities at this number.
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