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Experts Discuss Impact of Oil Spill at NSU

The five oil spill panelists.

More than 130 people packed the Knight Auditorium on June 16 to hear NSU scientists and oil industry executives discuss the economic and environmental impacts of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which has become the largest oil spill in U.S. History. This environmental catastrophe is polluting the Gulf Coast, killing wildlife, and ruining the commercial fishing and tourism industries in Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states. As the oil spill reaches Pensacola Beach, many are concerned the oil will pollute Florida’s beaches, kill coral reefs and other marine life, and negatively impact the Sunshine State’s economy.

The free panel discussion, which was moderated by Sun-Sentinel editorial writer Doug Lyons, offered the public a chance to ask the distinguished panel questions. The panelists were:

•        Richard Dodge, Ph.D., dean of NSU’s Oceanographic Center and Executive Director of the National Coral Reef Institute

•        David Mica, executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council

•        Jorge Pinon, a former BP executive, who is now a visiting research fellow at Florida International University’s Latin American and Caribbean Center Cuban Research Institute

•        Robert Jarvis, J.D., professor of law at NSU’s Shepard Broad Law Center and maritime law expert

•        Alexander Soloviev, oceanographer and associate professor at NSU’s Oceanographic Center.

The event received media coverage from local television stations, as well as The Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel.