Friday, November 12, 2010

Oil Disaster Forum: What Do the Scientists Know?

Public Forum on Tuesday:
The Gulf Oil Disaster,
What Do the Scientists Know?

Oil Hand
What do scientists say about how the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster affected the  fish, wildlife and people in the Gulf of Mexico?

Join us on Tuesday and hear from three top scientists whose courageous research sheds light on how to restore and protect the Gulf of Mexico from harm.

Bob Weisberg, David Hollander and Ernst Peebles from the USF College of Marine Science will tell you about their findings related to fish, dispersants and how the oil was spread by the Gulf's currents.

Here are the details:

WHAT: Public Forum on the Gulf Oil Disaster. There will be time to ask the scientists questions, and learn from environmental organizations, including Sierra Club, how you can get involved to restore the Gulf and reform drilling to protect the Gulf from further harm.

WHEN: Tuesday, November 16th, 6:00-8:30pm

WHERE: Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium--Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Ave SE St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Get a map!


  • Bob Weisberg, Ph.D., Distinguished University Professor of Physical Oceanography and leading expert on the role of the Gulf's loop currents affecting the path of oil towards or away from coastlines.
  • Ernst Peebles, Ph.D., Associate Professor Biological Oceanography, specializes in research on coastal fisheries, was part of the crew of the research vessel that in May 1st identified subsurface oil in the Gulf.
  • David Hollander, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Chemical Oceanography, whose work in isotopic biogeochemistry led to his discovery of oil on the floor of the Gulf.


Sierra Club Florida
University of South Florida St. Petersburg College of Marine Science
Defenders of Wildlife
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
Gulf Restoration Network
Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce
Progress Florida
League of Women Voters, St. Petersburg
RePower America
Audubon Society, St. Petersburg


QUESTIONS: Phil Compton,

Hope to see you there!

Phil Compton
Sierra Club
St. Petersburg, FL

P.S. Check out a recent article on the potential longterm effects of the Oil Disaster on the Gulf of Mexico.

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