One of the first lessons everyone has to learn in life is the meaning of “no.” As in, there are some things you just shouldn’t do because of the consequences and harm to others.
By seeking to drill any time, anywhere, the oil and gas industry clearly doesn’t think this concept applies to them. Unfortunately, Earthworks and its partners recently lost a legal battle to show them it does, and to make sure that public agencies put the public interest ahead of corporate interests.
In late April, a US District Court judge in Florida ruled that the National Park Service (NPS) hadn’t violated federal environmental laws when it decided Burnett Oil could conduct seismic testing for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve.
Naples, FL – The Burnett Oil Company has set March 27 as the date they will begin the process of surveying for oil and gas resources beneath Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida, even as a federal judge has yet to rule whether the work can proceed.
Last week, we filed suit against the National Park Service for allowing oil and gas exploration activities in Florida’s Big Cypress National Preserve. Located adjacent to the Everglades, the Big Cypress National Preserve is a national treasure, home to an array of endangered species and a special place enjoyed by many for its recreational, educational, and aesthetic value.
First they dreamed of building a city, now they dream of drilling for oil. The Kanter family, aka real estate moguls of southern Florida, that is. And the location they have in mind is the acreage they own in the Everglades—a unique natural environment deemed globally significant because of its diverse wildlife, vegetation, and ecosystems.