Oil Industry Gets An Earful As It Eyes Florida’s Everglades

Drilling companies have new interest in southern Florida’s Big Cypress preserve. The prospect of large-scale operations and possibly fracking worries environmentalists and residents.

As oil production goes, Florida isn’t much of a player. The state produced less than 2 million barrels last year, which is how much oil Texas pumps from its wells each day.

That’s about to change as the revolution in oil drilling technology comes to Florida.

One of the areas targeted for oil drilling is at Jaime Duran’s doorstep in the southwestern part of the state. A retired engineer, Duran lives in a cottage with his wife, Pamela, and the chickens they raise on a 5-acre plot. Last year, the Durans were surprised when a man came by with information about a plot of land just 1,300 feet from their house.

“He said he wasn’t supposed to tell us a lot of things,” Jaime Duran says. “But he says, basically, they’re putting an oil well there.”

The man was from a company hired by the driller. He delivered a letter that warned residents that they were in an evacuation zone, and of the possibility of a release of toxic hydrogen sulfide gas. Duran and his wife began doing research and asking questions.

The more they learned, the more alarmed they became, Duran says.

“Our biggest concern is not the hydrogen sulfide,” he says. “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.”

A Texas company has already received permission from the state to drill an exploratory well on the land. The Dan A. Hughes Co. is now seeking permission for an injection well that would accommodate the millions of gallons of toxic brine produced in the drilling process.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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