|Published:||Jun 11, 2013 4:56 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 11, 2013 5:43 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - "If it's legal it shouldn't be and the only reason it's legal is because this problem has never been raised before," said Karen Dwyer.
Members of the group Preserve Our Paradise said they have many issues even with the idea of drilling for oil in Golden Gate Estates.
"These oil wells are entirely different from previous ones because its going to be horizontally drilled to a depth of three miles, and it's going to go through the aquifer, and into the hydrogen sulfide zone," said Dwyer, an early member of Preserve Our Paradise.
Hydrogen sulfide is a toxic gas that floats on top of an oil reserve, that's only part of Don Loritz's concern.
"There are many ways a well can blow out, it can explode, blow up in the air, but the gas is probably the scariest part of it," said Loritz.
He is worried for those residents living nearby the proposed well at 24th Avenue Southeast and Desoto Boulevard. The group is holding town hall meetings all month until the DEP closes the period for public comments. Loritz said if the agency approves the Dan A. Hughes Company's application for a permit, that will set a disturbing precedent for all of Collier County.
"I hope everybody takes this seriously. If this well is approved, Collier owns the mineral rights to 800,000 acres, they can conceivably drop a well anywhere they choose under any gulf course or any development they want."
The Florida DEP is currently reviewing the company's application for a permit. It will keep the public comment period open for a another couple of weeks. In the meantime, Preserve Our Paradise said it plans to hold additional meetings until then.
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