Golden Gate Estates residents outraged over proposed oil drilling
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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Oil outrage! Well over a hundred angry Golden Gate Estates residents speaking out against a proposed oil drilling site in Collier County.
Jaime Duran moved to his home tucked away in Golden Gate Estates for some peace and quiet
"It was like a small piece of paradise." Duran said.
But he fears his new neighbors will cause serious commotion.
"Major concern initially is going to be noise, traffic, these are not streets that are designed for that kind of heavy traffic." Duran said.
Last month Jaime and his neighbors who live near the site on Desoto blvd got a letter asking for personal contact information in case of an emergency . A Texas based oil company, Dan A. Hughes wants to drill in the area, which worried Eduardo Villalonga.
"It's going to be like 24/7 that you're going to have to worry about something happening. I'm afraid of losing my life , my family I don't want to worry about the phone ringing early in the morning telling me to get out." Villalonga said.
The company has applied for three permits with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to drill for oil. If successful,reps from Dan A. Hughes said it'll be a big win for Collier County.
"If it works there will be a definite impact on this community and a lot of that money will stay in Collier County." Hank Kremers from Dan A. Hughes said.
Residents said they don't care about the cash rather the safety of their community and environment
"What happens if there's a fire?" One resident asked.
"I've been in the business for 37 years I've drilled thousands of wells in very dry much drier than what you've got here and I can't think of an incident." Kremers said.
Living right next to the well, Jaime doesn't want to take those chances
"They tell us that it is safe and they've never had an accident but do you really want to be the first one?" Duran said.
Whether or not this company is allowed to drill will ultimately be up to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. No word yet on if or when they'll make a decision.