Collier Co. residents hold candlelight vigil in protest of proposed oil drilling
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NAPLES, Fla. - Collier Co. residents held a candlelight vigil in protest of proposed oil drilling in the neighboring Golden Gate Estates community.
The vigil took place on the beach next to Naples fishing pier on the eve of the deadline for public comments on the oil company's permit for drilling. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has up to 90 days to review the public comments and either allow or decline the oil company's permit.
Even in the face of uncertainty, locals are speaking out to make their voices heard.
"South Florida is the playground of our nation. We do not want to pollute it with oil spills," said Karen Dwyer, protest organizer. "We want to preserve our paradise."
The Texas-based Dan A. Hughes oil company is expected to spend upwards of 20 million dollars for the exploratory oil drilling of three wells throughout Collier County.
Protesters say at least one of those wells will be right behind the Golden Gate Estates community. One family says the drilling would take place just 1000 feet from their home, literally in their backyard.
"I think that we need to protect not only our water, but our wetlands, our people, our animals," said Pamela Duran, "This is something we'll never get back if it's destroyed."