Oil Spill in Gulf
On April 20, an explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 workers and launched the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf. What’s the effect on wildlife? The fishing industry? Tourism?
WUSF gets beyond sensational headlines and speaks directly with scientists, officials and Florida residents to bring you the answers you need to know.
Florida’s response to the ongoing spill has been to set up an Incident Command Post at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg. The Coast Guard, BP officials and members from several state and local agencies are part of the center.
Additionally, researchers are responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science in St. Petersburg and Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota.
Scientists are working to track the oil spill both on and below the surface. And they’re working to measure its affects on marine life, wildlife and the shoreline ecosystems.
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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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