Due to massive objections and intense protests from people, the public comment period for the provision of permit to allow a company to dig an exploratory well in Golden Gate Estates was extended until March 31.
A lot of protesters wearing t-shirts with American flag designs swamped the Golden Gate Community Center last Tuesday. Among the protesters are cancer survivors saying that injection well pollutes waters and poison human and there are even Native Americans invoking spirit Gods while holding a feather.
Protesters put on stickers saying “Don’t Trash Our Water” while others campaigners brought posters saying, “Please Stop Our BP” and “Protect the Gulf – Oil and Water Don’t Mix”.
After granting a draft permit to Dan A. Hughes Co. - Texas-based Company that wants to drill an oil well in Golden Gate Estates, the US Environmental Protection Agency or EPA has also been considering to give the final permit to the company, rousing the anger of more protesters.
Due to increasing protests and more requests by the public, the Environmental Protection Agency decided to hold another hearing to decide whether to grant the final permit or not. More than 4,000 emails have already been received by the agency all about the exploratory wells.
A ruling by an administrative judge in Fort Myers last February also imposed that Florida Department of Environmental Protection or DEP must first get recommendations from the Big Cypress Swamp Advisory Committee.
Protesters applauded when John Elting, one of the advisory committee members and chairman of Audubon Florida stated that although he needs more time to consider the issue, he is more inclined on denying the permit.
More and more people are showing their support against the drilling of the oil well saying that the injection well is not safe enough, it is too close to the residential areas, and have the potential to pollute water supplies, which can be dangerous to humans and wildlife.