COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "We hate to move, we hate to have to give it up."
Jaime and Pamela Duran said this home in Golden Gate Estates is their little piece of paradise. But they learned last year, they could soon have new neighbors in the form of oil drilling machinery.
"This ordeal started for us in March."
And they've been fighting to keep oil out ever since. The Duran's and hundreds of others are bringing their argument to the Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
"When we got word that they had oil wells coming in so close to homes, that had no fire hydrants and very shallow water tables, it's important to take a stand," said Lisa Prescott, Central Florida Greenpeace Coordinator.
An EPA spokesperson tells WINK News they will review all public comments, as well as a report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the impacs an injection well would have on the area.
"I'm concerned for future generations having clean water and that's the resource that living things need, humans, animals, all of the above."
An EPA spokesperson tells me they don't have a deadline to make their decision. It could be anywhere from 60 to 90 days.