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Bill Nelson talks offshore oil drilling ban during Southwest Florida stop

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Sen. Bill Nelson vowed to fight off threats to drill in the waters off Florida’s west coast, telling Southwest Florida officials he’ll do whatever he can to protect the coastal communities. “Increasingly we have threats to drill in the Gulf of Mexico off the west coast of Florida, and it’s getting to the point that I have to keep beating back these attempts,” said Nelson during a meeting in Fort Myers on Tuesday. In 2006, Nelson and then-Sen. Mel Martinez,…

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New hunt for oil in Florida raises environmental concerns

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Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state’s regulation of the oil and gas industry. A Miami company, Kanter Real Estate LLC, has submitted a permit application to drill an exploratory oil well on the eastern edge of the Everglades. Meanwhile, federal approval is pending for a seismic survey meant to locate new areas for drilling in the Big Cypress National Preserve, a freshwater swamp whose health is vital to the neighboring…

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Hell must have frozen over: Charlie Crist misses his own fundraiser

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The Fort Myers News-Press is reporting that hell has frozen over.  It must have because Charlie Crist actually missed his own fundraiser and we know something like that is not going to happen unless the apocalypse is upon us. Still in Pensacola focusing on the oil washing up on the shores of Florida’s Panhandle, Charlie Crist wasn’t able to make it to his own fundraiser in south Fort Myers on Sunday night. Instead, he phoned in and spoke to about 40 supporters…

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Food stamps applications in Panhandle up 15%

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Applications for food stamps in Panhandle counties have soared since oil began gushing from the broken BP pipe leak. Since May 1 applications are up 15 percent. The Department of Children and Families is keeping separate data to track people who qualify for food stamps because the oil has destroyed their careers. Don Winstead is the welfare advisor for DCF. He says along with the growing need for food assistance is a growing need for counselors to help families going…

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Must-read post: Horrifying photos of nature’s treasures caught in the oil

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AP Photographer Charlie Riedel just filed the following images of seabirds caught in the oil slick on a beach on Louisiana’s East Grand Terre Island. As BP engineers continue their efforts to cap the underwater flow of oil, landfall is becoming more frequent, and the effects more evident. A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. A brown pelican sits in heavy oil on the…

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Must-read post: Horrifying photos of nature’s treasures caught in the oil

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AP Photographer Charlie Riedel just filed the following images of seabirds caught in the oil slick on a beach on Louisiana’s East Grand Terre Island. As BP engineers continue their efforts to cap the underwater flow of oil, landfall is becoming more frequent, and the effects more evident. A bird is mired in oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. A Brown Pelican sits in heavy oil on the…

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Widget measures how much oil has spewed from BP leak

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To keep tabs on the amount of oil that has leaked (and is still doing so) from the Horizon rig, PBS has created a widget that lets you see how much oil has spewed forth thus far — depending on which organization’s estimate you’re going with. More from the Huffington Post: “The numbers on how much oil has been flowing out of the Deepwater Horizon well have varied wildly since it sank on April 22. At the low end, the National Oceanic…

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