Hurricanes, Canadian Politics & The BP Oil Disaster

Greenpeace’s Oceans Campaign Director speaks to us from Grand Isle, Louisiana to give a first hand report of the damage. The NDP’s Linda Duncan tells us about a motion she tabled to re-examine Canada’s regulations for offshore oil drilling. And we talk to atmospheric and oceanographic scientists about the possibility of a hurricane hitting the oil spill, and what effect that could have.

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill pools against the Louisiana coast along Barataria Bay Tuesday, June 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

more pictures of the gulf oi spill (The Big Picture) (Greenpeace USA Flikr) (NASA Aqua)

For the last two months the news has been full of reports of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which seems to just be getting worse and worse. Today we’re dedicating the whole episode to taking an in depth look at the disaster, and what it means for Canada. To start things off, Steve Andersen talks to John Hocevar, the director of Greenpeace USA’s oceans campaign, in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Grand Isle is a small community located directly on the Mississippi delta and has been heavily effected by the oil spill. In this interview Steve gets John to describe the damage he’s seeing at the site of the BP oil spill.

How to stop oil spills: Kickstart an energy revolution (Greenpeace USA)

With the persisting oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, offshore drilling has become an issue of major concern here in Canada.  Tasneem Karbani spoke with the New Democratic Party’s environment critic Linda Duncan about her recent motion that unanimously passed in Parliament calling for a review of the regulations and policies surrounding unconventional oil development in Canada.

Parliament unanimously supports NDP call for review of risky oil projects

Linda Duncan website

June first was the opening day of the Atlantic hurricane season and scientists are predicting it will be an unusually active year.  With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico still growing and recent estimates putting the amount of oil released at double what was previously thought, what will happen if a hurricane passes through it?  What effect on the oil spill would a hurricane have and is it possible that spill this large could have an effect on a hurricane?  Terra Informa regular Rebecca Rooney interviewed the experts and filed this report.

Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf (New York Times)

NY Times Oil Spill Tracker


Dr. Phil Klotzbach, 2010 Hurrican Season Predictions

Doron Nof, PhD, Physical Oceanography at Florida State University

For more on the Canadian dimension to the BP oil spill check out the blog post Myles Curry wrote about arctic offshore drilling.

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