Posted: Apr 1, 2014 5:32 AM
Updated: Apr 1, 2014 5:33 AM
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) A committee charged with providing advice and ensuring compliance for drilling in the Big Cypress Swamp area has recommended denying a permit for a Texas company that wants to drill an exploratory oil well in southwest Florida.
The Big Cypress Swamp Advisory committee's decision Monday is nonbinding but it cheered opponents of drilling in eastern Collier County. The committee is an arm of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection.
In its recommendation to deny the Dan A. Hughes Co. a drilling permit, the committee cited concerns about traffic, disaster response and environmental effects.
After a daylong hearing, the committee voted 4-1 against the permit. The dissenting vote came from David Mica, executive director of The Florida Petroleum Council. The panel also includes a DEP scientist and environmental experts.