Environment

Environment
1:28 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Four Years After Deepwater Horizon, BP Oil Still Washes Up On Pensacola Beaches

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection continues to find tar balls from the 2010 BP oil spill washing ashore on Florida beaches.
Credit Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Four years ago, an oil rig owned by BP exploded off the Louisiana coast—causing one of the largest oil spills in U.S. history. The oil flowed all the way to Florida's western panhandle, causing tourists to flee and businesses to dry up. Now tourism is back and the money is flowing again—but the oil remains.

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WFSU Local
10:08 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Florida, Georgia Officials Working To Clean Up Lake Talquin Pollution

Lake Talquin has been identified as "impaired" by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
LHatter WFSU News

North Florida’s Lake Talquin is getting a house call from the state’s environmental doctors. Officials are targeting the lake as part of ongoing efforts to clean up polluted water bodies.

Lake Talquin is not a natural formation; it’s man- made. And the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Greg DeAngelo  says that makes addressing pollution a little harder. A big part of fixing Talquin’s problems is determining total maximum daily loads, or TMDL’s—that's the maximum amount of pollution a water body can handle while still meeting water quality standards.

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Environment
7:00 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

How Dolphins’ Genetics Could Help Find Answers Into Mysterious Animal Die-Off

FAU Harbor Branch research biologist Sarah Rodgers conducting a study on dolphin genetics in the Indian River Lagoon.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute

A discovery into dolphin genetics may have brought research scientists one step closer to finding out the source of a mysterious animal die-off last year in the troubled Indian River Lagoon.

“Now, I gotta good one for you: if you’re swimming in the water and a fin comes up right by you, how can you tell instantly whether it’s a shark’s fin or a dolphin’s fin,” asked Barry Legé.

The answer? A shark fin is more straight, while a dolphin’s fin is more curved.

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Environment
5:07 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Part 3: Renewed Push For Oil Sparks Concern In Florida; Laws Unclear Even As Company Pulls Out

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Vinyard oversees experts taking water samples at Collier-Hogan well June 26.
Credit Florida Department of Environmental Protection

Florida officials are grappling with how to regulate fracking after a Texas-based oil company used a similar procedure in a Southwest Florida exploratory well. Now the company says it’s pulling out of the area, but its activities have brought the issue of fracking to the forefront. 

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Environment
5:54 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

DEP Blasts Oil Company In Press Release Demanding Action In Collier County

This undated aerial photo is of the Dan A. Hughes well located near Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida.
Credit Sierra Club Florida

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has a list of demands for the company at the center of a Southwest Florida fight over oil exploration. 

The Dan A. Hughes Company angered state environmental regulators back in December when it went ahead with a process similar to fracking at a well site in Collier County. The state didn’t disclose the incident until April, causing an uproar in the Naples area.

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