COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The deadline is just hours away for the Dan A. Hughes company to comply with demands from the state. If it doesn't, the state could close the company's controversial "Hogan" well near Lake Trafford.
"It is about the water, " said Collier County homeowner, Pamela Duran.
Duran's house is just one thousand feet from where the company wanted to put an exploratory well in Golden Gate Estates. Last week, the company backed out. But, Duran is still concerned about the Hogan well and its affect on the environment. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection fined the company for unauthorized activity there
"If any contamination happens, the City of Naples, the Naples water will be contaminated along with the Estates water," said Duran.
The state sent the company a list of demands it must meet by tomorrow. They include having a spill prevention and cleanup plan, announcing a date for a media tour and testifying before county commissioners on July 8th. But, company leaders never testified that day and they cancelled the media tour. In a letter from the DEP secretary to landowner Barron Collier Companies, the secretary said cancelling the media tour was a "step backward" in the process.
On Monday, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson talked with a group of homeowners and environmentalists at Southwest Florida International Airport about the drilling.
"We're spending hundreds of billions of dollars in restoring the Everglades," said Senator Nelson. "We certainly don't want something like this on the periphery or something directly next door in the Big Cypress Preserve to mess that up."
Senator Nelson never said he wants to stop the drilling at the Hogan Well, but is asking the EPA to get involved in monitoring the situation.