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Activists Blasting Oil Drilling in Everglades

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Activists are blasting the idea of drilling for oil in the Everglades after a longtime Florida firm, Kanter Real Estate, filed for a permit to allow oil exploration on land it owns near Miramar.

An environmental group is vowing to fight the potential oil-drilling site proposed for the Everglades. This week, Kanter Real Estate filed for a permit with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to pave a five-acre parcel of land the company owns and drill for 60 to 80 days to explore for oil in marshes outside of Miramar.

Matthew Schwartz with the South Florida Wildlands Association says the plan has the potential not only for harm to the environment, but to the local water system.

"Clearly there is risk involved with an oil well in the middle of the Everglades punching through the water supply for millions of people."

The Kanter family, which has owned the land for decades, also said it might want to dig for limestone on the 20-thousand-acre property. The family-owned company has pledged to conduct its operations in an environmentally safe manner.

Kanter is likely to need additional permits from the South Florida Water Management District and the Army Corps of Engineers. Schwartz says his group will be there to fight it, all the way down the line.

"There is an obligation to make sure that the environmental impacts are acceptable, and I think the bar is going to be too high. And we're going to make that point to all of the agencies that are doing the permitting."

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has 30 days to determine if the application is complete or ask for additional information.

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