Florida creates task force to deal with oil spill and its aftermath

The development comes a day after Chief Financial Officer (and Democratic gubernatorial candidate) Alex Sink sent a letter to Florida DEP Secretary Michael Sole to create such a task force to help the state deal with the environmental consequences of the spill.

Meanwhile Governor Charlie Crist we'll meet up with Obama administration officials and the governors of neighboring Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama tomorrow to discuss the situation.

The Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, Frank Brogan, has established a clearinghouse for all things related to the massive oil slick slowly moving its way towards Florida.

It's called the Oil Spill Academic Task Force, and will provide assistance to local, state and federal agencies in dealing with the spill and it's aftermath.   Some of the initiatives that the task force will work on include:

  • coordinating with state and other academic resources in the Florida University system,
  • measuring and modeling the rise trajectory of oil escaping from the well,
  • conducting pre-spill and post-spill assessments of coastal ecological communities,
  • planning logistics and evaluating risk, and
  • coordinating citizen response efforts (e.g., training and health protection). 
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