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HazMat training in Fort Lauderdale, looking for the silver lining in an oily black cloud

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Click here for updated Hazmat training and job opportunity information. A four hour HazMat class required by OSHA for any organizations or individuals wanting to participate in beach oil spill clean-up will be held at the Broward Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Complex in Fort Lauderdale starting tomorrow, May 24. This training is being organized by The Humane Society [...]

May 25th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Oil spill enters the loop current, Broward coastal cities meet to develop emergency plan

horizon oil spill

Yesterday morning we learned that the oil has entered the loop current which will eventually move into the Gulfstream predicted to pass within 20 miles off our shoreline.

May 24th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,National politics | Read More »

NOAA – Light oil sheen has entered loop current

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NOAA’s latest observations indicate that a small portion of the oil slick has reached the Loop Current in the form of light to very light sheens. In the time it would take for oil to travel to the vicinity of the Florida Straits, any oil would be highly weathered and both the natural process of evaporation and the application [...]

May 19th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Local news | Read More »

Coast Guard says tarballs found on keys not from BP oil spill

From the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory in New London, Conn. analyzed a sampling of tar balls discovered on Florida Keys shoreline Tuesday and determined that none of the collected samples are from the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill. A sampling of tar balls discovered on beaches at

May 19th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

BP gives Florida $25 million grant to promote tourism

To help offset a backlash against tourism to the beaches of Florida, BP has given $25 million to Florida to help market the state and promote that the beaches (for now) are still ok. BP also gave Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana $15 million to help with their Gulf tourism efforts. “The Gulf Coast is our [...]

May 18th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

One step forward, two back: The American Power Act

One step backward: Six in 10 Americans support more offshore drilling, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. A majority believe that the potential economic benefits of offshore drilling outweigh its potential harm to the environment. Fact: The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20 and began spewing oil into the Gulf two [...]

May 17th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Everglades,FPL,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Crist requests Increased Assistance to Prepare for Oil Spill

In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Governor Charlie Crist today directed the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to issue an Emergency Final Order to accelerate preparedness and restoration in the 19 coastal counties under the Governor’s state-of-emergency Executive Orders. In addition, Governor Crist requested that the United [...]

May 12th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Oil not contained; could wrap around to South Florida

Setting up the booms to prevent oil from reaching land in Louisiana.

By Valerie J. Amor As the Coast Guard mobilizes a response to the BP Oil Spill, now called the Deepwater Horizon Incident, there is reason to believe the oil could wrap around the eastern seaboard, affecting South Florida’s beaches. Currently, the oil spill is about nine miles off the coast of Louisiana. “The Deepwater Horizon [...]

May 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news | Read More »

Officials respond to oil near Florida beaches; 90 days to stop

Photo from thejakartaglobe.com

On April 30, ten days after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon: Governor Charlie Crist announced a state of emergency for the Panhandle counties. Attorney General Bill McCollum issued a statement regarding meeting with Attorneys General from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana tomorrow to discuss shared impacts and explore legal options. President Obama shelves new offshore oil drilling until [...]

May 1st, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Emerging Green,Environmental,Everglades,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

Oil spill causes state of emergency in Florida

Photo of oil spill courtesy of NASA. The spill could be one of the worst in history.

Gov. Charlie Crist has declared a state of emergency in the Panhandle area due to the threat that oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform and well poses to the State of Florida. This emergency declaration will ensure timely precautions are taken to protect natural resources, beaches and other coastal ecosystems, communities and the [...]

April 30th, 2010 | Posted in Broward County,Environmental,Federal Government,Fort Lauderdale,International relations,Local news,Tallahassee | Read More »

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