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The Oil Spill In The Gulf

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    Jaden M. Kifer, a trained bird rescue worker, holds an oiled pelican while Ricardo A. Fernandez measures the bird's body temperature, alertness and level of oiling at the Oiled Wildlife Triage center in Grand Isle June 12, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Caleb Critchfield)

  • Noon Edition guests Jim Barnes, Chris Craft, and Diane Henshel sitting in the WFIU studios following a program on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

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    Noon Edition guests Jim Barnes, Chris Craft, and Diane Henshel sit in the WFIU studios following the program.

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This week on Noon Edition, we sat down with three experts from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs to discuss the environmental and policy implications of the BP oil spill.

Here to answer listener questions were SPEA and Law Professor Jim Barnes, Associate Professor Diane Henshel, and Professor Christopher Craft.

Here is a brief list of some of the issues discussed in today’s program:

  • How best to deal with the oil as it comes ashore and how people working to clean up the oil can damage fragile, wetland environments
  • Systemic problems with regulators and in the Federal response
  • A comparison of US regulations to regulations in other countries
  • How the oil spill in the Gulf could affect climate change legislation

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