Oil Drilling

Topher Forhecz

Protestors gathered outside the Golden Gate Estates Community Center before the first of two meetings regarding drilling in Southwest Florida on Tuesday.

Area residents and environmental advocates oppose the site. They said drilling will take place too close to homes and possibly pollute groundwater.

State and local representatives heard public comments as the organizations came closer to deciding the fate of oil exploration permits for the Dan A. Hughes Company.

Three days of state hearings over approved oil exploration permits in Golden Gate Estates ended on Thursday.

Ashley Lopez / WGCU

A state lawmaker is looking to halt oil drilling permits in the Everglades.