Oil drilling

Big Bend environmentalists are sounding the alarm about a Mississippi company’s plans to drill for oil on 10 thousand acres in Calhoun County, about an hour west of Tallahassee.

A Texas oil company could begin seismic testing within weeks in Calhoun and Gulf counties now that the state Department of Environmental Protection has signed off on the plan, a company spokeswoman says.

Center for Advanced Research and Teaching

A pair of bills pending in the legislature would strengthen Florida’s out-of-date laws on oil drilling. The review of the rules comes after a Texas oil company ran afoul of the state environmental protection agency last year.

This map shows active oil exploration leases in the Gulf of Mexico as of August 15, 2014.
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The federal government has been slowly opening the Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean for more offshore oil development. Developers say public opinion is on their side, but not everyone shares the same view.

Sierra Club Florida

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has a list of demands for the company at the center of a Southwest Florida fight over oil exploration. 

The Dan A. Hughes Company angered state environmental regulators back in December when it went ahead with a process similar to fracking at a well site in Collier County. The state didn’t disclose the incident until April, causing an uproar in the Naples area.

LHatter / WFSU News

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection says test results show there has been no water contamination from an exploratory oil well drilled near a wildlife sanctuary in Collier County. The well is part of a years-long fight over a renewed push to explore for oil in a reserve running from Fort Myers to Miami, called the Sunniland Trend. But the results of the water testing aren't reassuring residents of a Naples neighborhood who are anxious about a recent decision by a judge and a looming decision by DEP that could bring another oil well into their backyards.

LHatter / WFSUNews

A Southwest Florida town has been in turmoil for the better part of a year over a renewed push to explore for oil in a reserve that stretches like a belt from Fort Myers to Miami. That push, and the actions of the companies doing the exploration, have some residents and environmental groups at war over what they see as an effort to bring fracking to Florida.

Oil Exploration In, Around Sensitive Lands Sparks Concern

Lawmakers are looking into a measure that could help the state partner up with private companies to explore and drill for oil or natural gas on state lands. Regan McCarthy reports some say the state has plenty of oil; it just doesn’t have the money to look for it. 

Senator Greg Evers says there could be oil just waiting to be discovered under Florida’s forests and public lands, but he says the state needs a little help finding it.

“The state doesn’t have money to do exploration of oil and gas because it’s very expensive."

Cuba to start drilling near Florida coast

Jan 27, 2012

Oil drilling off the shores of Cuba could begin as early as this weekend, about 60 miles south of Key West. US officials are concerned a blowout could dump oil on Florida’s beaches.Trimmel Gomes reports a congressional field hearing is scheduled in South Florida to assess disaster readiness plans.

Florida Congressman John Mica says when they planned the hearing Monday, they had no idea Cuba would be ready to drill as early as this weekend.