Florida does not stop oil drilling on the shore

Florida does not stop oil drilling on the shore

Florida has one environmental issue involving both parties against offshore drilling. The risk of spillage occurring to the common beaches of the state and, by extension, the tourism industry appears to be too large compared to any economic interest.

Oil companies were much more successful with drilling on land in Florida. About Gov. Ron DeSantis, the Irish Department of Environmental Protection has done little to stop them.

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In 2017, the agency issued one permit to a company wishing to drill in Broward County part of the Everglades, but she refused the latter. The company challenged the disclaimers and won it earlier this year. Leaders of the state agency chose not to appeal against the ruling, despite millions of dollars spent over the past two decades on Everglades reform.

Meanwhile, the agency announced last month that it intended to issue a permit to allow a different company to put wells on deposit in Apalachicola River in Northern Florida.

Kayakers taking a swimming break on Apalachicola River near Wewahitchka in the Florida Panhandle. The state spent millions of dollars protecting the Apalachicola, but it now says that it will issue permission for a company that wants to drill for oil near the river. Photo by Rick Zelznak for Curator of Apalachicola. [Rick Zelznak for Apalachicola Riverkeeper]

“The state has spent tremendous sums of money to protect the Apalachicola River, which is the largest river in Florida,” said Georgia Ackerman, who leads the environmental group of Curator of Apalachicola. To allow him to drill now, she said, “there is no sense.

According to Matt Schwartz, executive director of the Southlands Wildlands Association, the agency's failure to stop oil drillers is similar to its failure to stop destructive development: the rules in favor of business and against the environment are saved by legislators.

“Part of the problem is that Florida law does not discourage support,” said Schwartz, whose organization is optimistic that federal officials will hamper the drilling company by refusing required wetland eradication.

All applications for permission are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, said Dee Ann Miller, spokesperson for the Environmental Protection Department, "to ensure that all aspects of the operation are lawful and protected for the environment, for human health and safety." , drinking water and underground natural resources. ”

Gov. Ron DeSantis request comments.

A Texas company that plans to drill near the Apalachicola River is known as Cholla Petroleum. The company is seeking permission to sink six exploration wells, between 13,600 feet and 14,200 feet deep, in an area of ​​Calhoun County between the river and the Dead Lakes, a popular fishing area.

“Under the current law, DEP had no grounds to refuse the permission of Coll,” said Miller. She stressed that it is only for good exploration and that it does not guarantee that future permits would be issued.

Cholla wants to set up four drilling pads for the six wells, all located within the Apalachicola basin and near flowing river water, according to the Ackerman group. The company did not respond to comments.

Colla is following the permit although the Mississippi company, Spooner Petroleum, recently drilled an exploratory well in that neighborhood and came up dry. Spooner is now seeking permission to drill another exploratory well in nearby Gulf County.

Colla spent his application in two months before Hurricane Michael hit the Panhandle. This storm flooded this parcel of land, said Ackerman. She said that her organization is concerned that flooding that drops the drilling site will disperse pollution everywhere, including in areas receiving its drinking water from that portal.

The state spent millions of dollars trying to protect the Apalachicola portal from pollution, she added, as well as millions more were suing Georgia to prevent it from draining as much water from streams to keep green in Atlanta.

In the Everglades, the company is not following a drilling permit in the oil business. The Real Estate Kanter is a family owned, owned 20,000 acres in Broward County. The company wishes to drill an exploratory oil well on a five acre site approximately 10 miles south of Alligator Alley. Kanter did not respond to comments.

According to Schwartz, drilling for endangered oil will not only restore multi-million dollar Everglades program but the water supply to South Florida. Like Ackerman with the permission of Coll, he is also concerned that the drilling site is obsolete.

“I'm in water up to my neck on that site,” said Schwartz, a professional guide.

Maybe oil drilling is not common in Florida, but it's not new. In 1943, after the Governor and Cabinet offered a $ 50,000 prize to the first to get oil in Florida, the Oil and Oil Screening Company met oil 2 miles below the Great Cypriot National Conservation near Naples. This area produces 2,800 oil barrels per day.

Then, in 1970, Exxon discovered oil under Jay Panhandle town about 30 miles northeast of Pensacola. Eventually she went to 93 well then, pumping millions of dollars into the local economy. By 1990, the Jay area had 365 million barrels but the flow had slowed.

While a successful oil discovery may form the basis of tax receipts, the Broward County Commission and the city of Miramar are included against the Kanter drilling plan, which the Supreme Court asked the state to cancel the court ruling of appeals. Mayor Miramar told Wayne Messem Sun-Sentinel Kanter allows the city's water supply, and “it's terrible… considering the likelihood of oil drilling just outside our city.” t

The same is not true in the Panhandle. Calhoun County Commission saw no reason for Cholla's position, especially in the light of last year's events, according to chairman of the Commission Gene Bailey.

Hurricane Michael set aside the wood industry, saying it was the economic driver of the county. The Commissioners hope that oil will lead to economic growth to take its place.

“We don't have a railway, there are no four-lane roads, there are no sandy beaches and our tax revenue isn't always there,” said Bailey. “It's down, leat Would you like to eat something? ”

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