30 Apr '14, 8pm

Big Oil Eyes Florida’s Public Lands, Plans to Drill in the Everglades via @ecowatch

Plans to drill for oil close to the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge on the western edge of the Everglades have environmentalists worried. A number of companies want to drill and test beneath the Big Cypress National Preserve where prospectors believe significant new oil and gas resources lie buried. Exploratory operations would involve driving off-road vehicles through wetlands, drilling thousands of holes and setting off dynamite charges. Photo credit: National Park Service People living near the Florida Panther Wildlife Refuge first learned about these plans when they received a surprise notice in May 2013 advising them about evacuation plans if a gas leak or explosion occurred at the proposed drilling site located less than a mile west of the refuge. “Initially I was concerned about the one well proposed next to the Florida Panther Refuge. There will be a lot o...

Full article: http://ecowatch.com/2014/04/30/big-oil-floridas-public-la...

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