OIL WELL PROPOSED TO BE DRILLED LESS THAN ONE MILE FROM THE FLORIDA PANTHER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

A COMPANY FROM LOS ANGELES HAS INVESTED millions of dollars in Southwest Florida mineral wells in the last six years, leading the way in reviving a local oil industry that dates back to the 1940s.
After years of steady production that peaked in 1978, production slid down along with oil prices. It came to almost a standstill in the mid 2000s.
As the cost of petroleum rose and new technology allowed for more accurate drilling, industry executives say, at least half a dozen oil companies have been issued permits in the region. Old wells are being tapped and new drilling has begun.

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