Oil drilling in Golden Gate delayed
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GOLDEN GATE – The proposal to drill for oil within 1,000 feet of homeowners is now delayed thanks to a Florida senator. "I think we got a delay long enough to really, really take a hard look at what this projects going to entail and who it's going to impact," said Dwight Bullard, the Florida Senator in the district in question.
Some two dozen Golden Gate residents had a house party Monday night with Senator Bullard to explain why a new oil rig should not be allowed near where they live. Bullard's district includes the part of Collier County that is subject to the oil drilling and also includes the Everglades and the Florida Keys. So, when he talks the Florida Department of Environmental Protection apparently listens."When the Senator calls you realize that you don't have to convince as many voices as you do when you're in the House so they wanted to make sure that their future funding wasn't in jeopardy,” added Bullard.
Residents are scared something will go wrong. "The risk is there,” said resident John Dwyer. “Look at BP. Nobody in BP expected it to happen."
Here's some other facts they're concerned about. The Barron Collier Company has leased 110,000 acres to Hughes Oil out of Texas. The oil rig will be 14 stories high and sit on a concrete slab that covers 5 acres. Plus, in the last 30 plus years the Barron Collier Company has gotten 117 million barrells of oil out of Collier County.
But residents say this venture is much different. "This is horizontal drilling and it's very different from vertical drilling,” said John Dwyer, a resident who has researched the matter. “For 70 years they've done vertical drilling, now they're doing this new tech thing which is very, very dangerous."
After protesting for months they want two more people to listen. “We're hoping that somebody in the Collier family or somebody in Hughes will step forward and say 'we're not gonna do this', added Dwyer.
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