Environment

Saving Florida sand

The Deepwater Horizon-BP oil spill is expected to impact Gulf Coast beaches for months or possibly years. As Sandra Averhart reports, with that in mind, officials are looking at cleanup methods and equipment that minimize the amount of sand that’s being carted off along with the oil. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/savingsand.mp3]

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Panhandle town may get a bio-fuels plant.

Orlando-based Integrated Energy Partners appeared Monday morning before the Santa Rosa County Commission. It’s interested in a site in Jay for a proposed bio-fuels production facility. Dave Dunwoody reports. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/biofuelsd.mp3]

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Lawmakers head to special session over oil drilling issue

U.S. Highway 27 starts in Miami, and makes a 90-degree turn at the state capital in Tallahassee to continue north into Georgia. Much of Florida’s attention will be focused on that crossroads this week. As James Call reports, Florida lawmakers may vote to place a constitutional amendment banning oil drilling …

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Tracking the oil by air

The oil has stopped spewing into the Gulf, at least for now. But the oil is still out there and spreading. Every day, crews from the Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater are flying over the Gulf to track movement of the surface oil. Bobbie O’Brien caught a ride with …

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Despite cap on gushing oil manatees still at risk

Even though BP’s broken oil well was capped on Thursday, officials say it was a temporary fix. Research biologists continue to closely monitor marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. As Brittany Thompson reports, while the oil giant continues to work on two relief wells to eventually seal off the …

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Pelicans cleaned of oil released off Sanibel Island

Twenty-one brown pelicans and 11 northern gannets were released Monday on a Sanibel Island Beach. The birds were rehabilitated after being coated with oil from the Deep Horizon well blowout in the Gulf . Valerie Alker reports from Ft. Myers. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/birdrelease.mp3]

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