COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- A team of experts from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is scheduled to test the water near a controversial oil well in Collier County.
The agency recently fined the Dan A. Hughes company for fracking-like activity at the well, located near Lake Trafford.
In a conference call yesterday, the secretary from the DEP said that fracking-like activity had never been performed before here in Florida. The agency not only fined the Dan A. Hughes company $25,000 for the activity, but also requires the company to hire an expert to test the groundwater. However, Collier County commissioners said it wasn't appropriate for the company to monitor itself, and filed a legal motion to have the DEP to step in.
The team from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will spend much of today and tomorrow collecting groundwater samples. Then, the team will test them for more than 100 chemicals that could affect the drinking water. The agency doesn't expect to have any results until the end of next week.