LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee county could join the attempt to drill for oil in Southwest Florida. A local company is applying for a state permit to drill for oil in a remote part of Lee -- off Corkscrew road near the Collier county line. It's near conservation lands and environmentally sensitive wetlands.
A company called Trend Exploration wants to drill down as much as 12-thousand feet, in search of oil. WINK News briefly talked with the Trend owner, Mike Cheeseman, on Tuesday. He said he feared that his attempt might be hard to achieve, because of the controversy over oil drilling in Collier county. Then he declined further comment.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has asked Trend for more information -- on impact on wildlife, and how Trend would dispose of drilling fluids. DEP says it will send Trend a second set of questions for more information, later this week. DEP will not reveal those inquiries until the request is sent.
After that, Trend has 90 days to respond. Then, the DEP has 90 days to rule up or down on the request to drill for oil.