Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Application filed for exploratory oil well in the Everglades

Oil drilling is nothing new in the Everglades; it has been going on for many years. This would be an exploratory well to find out how much oil is below ground. There are no plans to remove any oil. This drilling would occur in southwestern Broward County. Here is the article by WTVJ/NBC6 in Miami:
The plan filed with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection calls for a five-acre oil pad, with the drill reaching 11,800 feet. Once operational, the drilling would take place 24 hours a day for 60 to 80 days, with a crew of 12 to 18 people on site. The Sun-Sentinel reports the well would be exploratory only, with no announced plans for pipelines or other means of transporting the oil.
For some reason the article mentions Barron Collier who was instrumental in developing southwest Florida, an area named after him, Collier County. He was the driving force behind the Tamiami Trail and drainage of the Everglades in the early 20th Century.