Thursday, April 15, 2021

EPA Hearing on Fracking in Florida

On Tuesday, March 11, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is flying in for a Public Hearing from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Golden Gate Community Center Auditorium, 4701 Golden Gate Pkwy, Naples that could decide the fate of Florida water and open the door to Everglades oil drilling.

Since May, 2013 organizations have tried to stop Dan A. Hughes, a Texas oil company, from drilling on a small part of the 115,000-acre parcel they leased for oil exploration in the Big Cypress Swamp watershed, a critical recharge area in the Everglades, only 1000 feet from homes. The topic has remained heated because of the possibility of acid and hydraulic fracking, fresh water contamination, health and safety risks, habitat fragmentation, environmental degradation, and hazards to the Everglades Restoration Project.

A decision in favor of Dan A. Hughes would open a floodgate of more drilling on Hughes’ 115,000 lease area that includes large portions of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, Picayune Strand State Forest, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed (CREW) and Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, with some of the last old-growth cypress in Florida.



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