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permit_mepermit_me Posts: 1,194 Officer

There’s terrible news in Florida. Our Department of Environmental Protection is refusing to block efforts to drill for oil in the Everglades.

You read that right -- a state agency tasked with protecting the environment will allow oil drilling in the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States. Made up of 1.5 million acres of wetland, the Everglades is home to numerous endangered species. Drilling there would destroy their habitat and taint the Biscayne aquifer underground, which supplies water to millions of people in this state.

This all happened while I was in Washington, D.C., asking for help with our state’s timber industry, which was devastated by Hurricane Michael, and warning the federal government about the wildfire dangers of all of the trees that fell during the storm.

We need to work harder to protect our land, air, and water. This is where we live.

Cities are scared of drilling and their residents are, too. There’s a proposed drilling site in Miramar where city officials are wringing their hands in fear. An oil spill could destroy their town.

Tell the Florida DEP that we will not sit by and watch them destroy our water, our wildlife, our homes. Sign this petition now to protect Florida from reckless drilling.

We cannot afford to take a risk this big. Drilling in the Everglades is NEVER acceptable.

Thank you,

Commissioner Nikki Fried




  • 10kman10kman Posts: 902 Officer
      I think the correct term from what I read is testing,not drilling for now.
  • permit_mepermit_me Posts: 1,194 Officer
  • mplspugmplspug Palmetto FloridaPosts: 16,000 AG
    edited May 2019 #4
    What's the point of testing unless eventually you want to drill?  I think man has messed up the glades enough.
    Just dropping grenades in OT
  • Wra22Wra22 Posts: 237 Deckhand
    What is she doing about Big Sugar?
  • spanglerspangler daBurgPosts: 2,781 Captain
    It's amazing with the state of the Everglades and Florida Bay that this is even a consideration. A sad state of affairs. Should be regarded as sacred land.
    There will never be a really free and enlightened state until the state comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,667 Captain
    Y’all may need to look at this a bit... If I remember correctly this was stopped for some years and is only happening after a court ruling that the state had acted improperly....

    Saying that the state “allowed this” might not be accurate...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • permit_mepermit_me Posts: 1,194 Officer
    the petro boyz have been looking for an in someway in FL. Hopefully this is not it. once it begins, there will be no end.
    The previous admin had issued permits for gas and oil exploration (which the big oil co's do not have to reveal findings) in several counties, Broward and Collier counties incl.  
    Big CorporationSuck
  • tampaspicertampaspicer Posts: 425 Deckhand
    I bet there's oil there considering how it's made. Plenty of dead and decaying matter in the Everglades. 
  • ANUMBER1ANUMBER1 Posts: 12,731 AG
    I say drill.
    I am glad to only be a bird hunter with bird dogs...being a shooter or dog handler or whatever other niche exists to separate appears to generate far too much about which to worry.
  • 10kman10kman Posts: 902 Officer
       Some years ago the Federal Govt.paid Collier Co.$200+mil.for the mineral
    rights in the Everglades.To date virtually nothing has been found.So its very
    possible after the testing is done,nothing is there they want.
  • pottydocpottydoc Port Saint JoePosts: 5,242 Admiral
    Wra22 said:
    What is she doing about Big Sugar?
    What do you want her to do? 
  • TarponatorTarponator Under a BridgePosts: 18,914 AG
    ANUMBER1 said:
    I say drill.
    Why, the BP money run out?

    I'm only half joking, Art.

  • Cracker23Cracker23 MelrosePosts: 311 Deckhand
    Didn't there use to be some oil wells on hwy 29 between Carnestown and Imokolee. This would have been back in the '60's.
  • Diego_sosaaDiego_sosaa Posts: 117 Deckhand
    Honestly the world will one day have absolutely nothing left its just a matter of how much time, it could be long way away or close. WAY to many humans for the planet to sustain forever with the growing numbers of humans I just hope ill be able to enjoy it for a longtime.
  • duckmanJRduckmanJR Posts: 21,264 AG not the glades...... 
    There are many roads to travel
    Many things to do.
    Knots to be unraveled
    'fore the darkness falls on you
  • permit_mepermit_me Posts: 1,194 Officer
    not any longer, but i believe it was historically part of the glades watershed.
  • lemaymiamilemaymiami Posts: 4,667 Captain
    I think we can all agree that drilling in the 'glades (or anywhere near there...) is a pretty bad idea.... Not because it's that terrible old oil involved - but much more because that's our backup freshwater drinking supply.... 

    Down here in paradise we're actually on a pretty short string... In fact, Florida simply doesn't have an un-limited supply of drinkable water - and it was never going to be able to support all the folks that keep coming (you'd think a few good hurricanes would slow the influx down - but so far - not at all...).  Well fields here in south Florida were failing when I first came here back in 1971 (and when a well starts drawing brackish instead of sweet water.. all you can do is shut down that field and pray that it reverses years and years later....).  In short the only thing keeping salt out of our water supplies along the coast is the positive pressure of the existing freshwater in the aquifer.... Pump enough of it out (the way we've been doing for years....) and the next thing that occurs is saltwater intrusion....

    That leaves only the aquifer under the 'glades as our backup - and we'd better not screw it up or we'll be in bad shape... So if we want to tell property owners they can't drill on their property (and that's the case with this current issue..) it might help if the legislature put some statute in place to prevent it - or at least require the kind of review that will allow the state to deal with it properly (so we don't end up on the short end when that property owner goes to court over it....).

    I'm certain that there are at least one or two on this site that probably know quite a bit more than I do about this so chime in - I'm all ears...
    Tight Lines
    Bob LeMay
    (954) 435-5666
  • BobberBobber Posts: 943 Officer
    edited May 2019 #19
    There are operational oil wells in the glades,have been since the 70's.  The last published production numbers are 26,000 barrels per month being trucked to Port Everglades for shipment to refineries in Texas and Louisiana. There's a pipeline in West Broward from the wells to a truck loading station on Snake Road.
    So the oil industry already has a foothold here, the fight is to keep it from expanding.
  • Gary SGary S Posts: 3,098 Captain
    They been pumping oil out of the glades for years. Nothing new, there is even a pipeline running thru the glades to move the oil.
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 10,462 AG
    More = new. 

    And Miramar is the glades and is still adjacent to the glades.
    I have never seen live bones, but I know that they are often used by rich people to decorate the interior.
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