Impact of the Oil Crisis in the Gulf on Tampa Bay, forum video

July 21, 2010 at 3:14 pm Leave a comment

In case you missed the Impact of the Oil Crisis in the Gulf on Tampa Bay Forum at the SPC Seminole Campus last week, you can watch it in its entirety here.

On July 14, 2010 two panels of experts discussed the likelihood that oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident will reach Tampa Bay, response plans, and the economic and environmental impacts of the spill.

The first panel covered “Current Realities of the Oil Spill and Tampa Bay”, and was moderated by Geophysical Engineer Dan Berard.  Topics included the spill’s impact on tourism and the economy, featured panelists D.T. Minich, executive director of Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater and Keith Overton, executive director of TradeWinds Island Resorts.  Laurie Macdonald, Florida Program Director of Defenders of Wildlife, discussed the issue of habitat.

The second panel discussed “How Tampa Bay Responds, Now and Worst Case Scenario”, and was moderated by Susan Glickman, Director of the Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy.  Dr. Robert Weisberg, of the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science, discussed the latest information on the geographic, atmospheric, and weather conditions that could bring the spill into Tampa Bay.  David Sorrick, vice president of Power Generation in Florida for Progress Energy, discussed infrastructure.  George Sheldon, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, discussed the claims process.  State Sen. Dennis Jones and State Rep. Janet Long gave closing comments.

The event was sponsored by Bay News 9, Bright House Networks, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Florida Business Network for a Clean Energy Economy, St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg Times, and TradeWinds Island Resorts.

The event was the first of a three part series focusing on the oil crisis.  The second forum will discuss solutions for clean-up and recovery, and the third forum will focus on long-term energy alternatives/energy policy considerations.  Stay tuned for more information.

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