Target: Governor Rick Scott
Goal: Prevent oil drilling in the Florida Everglades
Oil companies are eyeing the Florida Everglades, specifically the Big Cypress Preserve, as a new place to drill. One Texas company has already planned an exploratory drill to see if the plot of land is worth investing in. Surprisingly, the state’s Fish and Wildlife department does not see the problem as an urgent one, while environmentalists are calling foul. Many habitats and wildlife are already harmed by oil drilling around the world; don’t let these companies ruin more ecosystems in the Florida Everglades.
Jaime Duran, who lives in this area with his wife and chickens, stated that a man from a drilling business arrived at his doorstep one day with a notice. The man stated that this company was placing an oil well 1,300 feet from the house and the notice was to tell residents in the area that they were in an evacuation zone. There was also the possibility that toxic hydrogen sulfide would be released from the drilling. The couple immediately began doing their research and found that the gas wasn’t their biggest concern, but the brine resulting from the drilling.
“Our biggest concern is the brine, the produced waters. Every gallon of oil that they extract, they will get 20 gallons of salt water. And that salt water is toxic,” said Duran. To deal with the toxic salt water, Dan A. Hughes Co. is seeking permission to create an injection well that would accommodate the millions of gallons of toxic brine produced in the drilling process.
There is concern for the Florida panther, whose numbers have dwindled to only 160 left in the wild. The drilling would take place on their habitat and they are an endangered species. During a conference, the state’s Fish and Wildlife department stated that the panthers have learned to adapt and live with oil drilling for decades, much to the dismay of the audience attending.
It is disappointing to hear that the department responsible for caring for wildlife does not seem to be concerned about oil drilling. The operation will disrupt habitats, wildlife, and uproot families who live in the area. If the Fish and Wildlife department will not protest, then we the people should. Sign this petition and prevent oil drilling in the Big Cypress Preserve.
Dear Governor Rick Scott,
It has come to my attention that a few oil companies have been eyeing the Big Cypress Preserve for oil drilling. I must state that I do not condone oil drilling in this area as the drilling will uproot families, disrupt habitats and wildlife, and more than likely pollute the environment. This place is a preserve and for oil companies to come in here and disrupt its ecosystem is a crime in and of itself.
I find it appalling that your state’s Fish and Wildlife department doesn’t find this issue urgent. The Florida panther is an endangered species and instead of ensuring its survival, the department believes that this species will adapt. If it has, then why haven’t their numbers grown in the past decade they’ve supposedly been adapting?
Drilling is a serious problem in our country, and the practice will only disrupt more ecosystems and add to our pollution problem. I demand that you prevent it from happening in the Big Cypress Preserve.
[Your Name Here]
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