Wednesday, February 12, 2014

March 11th: EPA Hearing on Oil Drilling in South Florida!

Dear Sierra Club supporters:

As many of you know, oil drilling is threatening southwest Florida!

The proposed exploratory well site is on five acres of agricultural land, located within 1,000 feet of residences, and one mile from the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. The Texas-based drilling company, the Dan A. Hughes Company, has leased an additional 115,000 acres of land, with the potential for more exploratory wells, though no permit requests have been submitted.

This oil well is only the tip of the iceberg for southwest Florida. Opening up this site to drilling endangers Florida panthers, the watershed, our aquifers, and violates environmental justice of residents. It sets a precedent to open more land for drilling at a time when we should be looking toward clean, sustainable energy alternatives such as wind and solar.

Proposed site with Panther Telemetry
You have the chance to tell the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that this is unacceptable.

WHAT: EPA Hearing on Collier Oil Drilling

WHEN: March 11th, 2014
4:00 – 6:00pm Informational meeting with the EPA
                        6:30 – 8:30pm EPA Public Hearing

WHERE: Golden Gate Community Center Auditorium, 4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34116

To speak at the event, or to submit comments, please contact Fred McManus, Chief, Ground Water and UIC Sections, at McManus.Fred@epa.gov.

Comments can be brought to the event or directly e-mailed to the EPA. However, those wishing to speak must register first.

We need your voice to deny this permit!

For more information, please contact Alexis Meyer at 727-490-8215, alexis.meyer@sierraclub.org

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