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Carl Safina Talks About Offshore Oil & Gas Drilling, Then & Now

We talk with conservation biologist and author Carl Safina about Trump’s plan to target offshore waters for massive oil and gas drilling while abolishing safety rules put in place after the Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010.

But first, we re-play our 2011 interview with Safina talking about his book about the Deepwater Horizon blowout, A Sea In Flames.

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The Trump administration announced recently that it plans to open up all US coastal waters to offshore oil and gas drilling — with the exception of Florida where Trump’s property Mar al Lago is located.

At the same time, Trump regulators are proposing to roll back safety measures put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout. That rollback would lessen government oversight in offshore oil production and put more responsibility on private companies.

That didn’t work so well with BP’s Deepwater Horizon, where a 2010 explosion killed 11 people and caused the worst oil spill in American history.

Back in 2011 on the first anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill, I spoke with conservation biologist and author Carl Safina about the book he’d just published, A Sea In Flames. We air an edited version of that interview here, followed by a conversation with Safina about Trump’s recent decision to open up US coastal waters to oil and gas drilling.

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Listen to the full interview about A Sea In Flames

In addition to A Sea In Flames, we’ve talked with Carl Safina about his books The View from Lazy Point and Beyond Words: How Animals Think And Feel.

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About Francesca Rheannon

Francesca Rheannon is an award-winning independent radio producer. In addition to hosting Writer's Voice, she's a freelance reporter for National Public Radio and its affiliates. Recipient of the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for reporting on substance abuse issues for her news series, VOICES OF HIV, produced for 88.5 WFCR public radio in western Massachusetts. She is also finishing a book on Provence (PROVINCE OF THE HEART) and working on a memoir of her father, THE ARGONAUTS.

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