EAST NAPLES, Fla.- Protesters are challenging the approval of two permits that would allow drilling near their homes in Golden Gate Estates. They say it's about more than just one well, but the potential for what they worry could be hundreds.
The group petitioning said the drilling would happen as close as 1,000 feet to some homes in Golden Gate. They said the oil drilling only benefits a corporation, not the people, not the wetlands or the wildlife. The message was clear on the steps of the Collier County courthouse: Do not allow the oil drilling project to take place in Golden Gate.
The Stone Crab Alliance is continuing to take their stance, and prove they have everything to lose, and nothing to gain, if this drilling project moves forward.
The permit was given to the Dan A. Hughes company of Beeville, Texas.
The concerns are health, possible contamination of water, traffic and danger to wildlife and wetlands.
The group has been taking action since May and today, they have over 20 petitioners. The DEP has 14 days to review the petition and to approve or deny an administravte hearing.
The Stone Crab Alliance is also rallying tomorrow at 4:30 outside of Naples City Hall.
We have reached out to the DEP, and they said they will get back to us with a response.