Oil Drilling

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Florida’s environmental agency announced Tuesday evening it’s suing the Dan A. Hughes Company. The news follows a very public battle over the company’s use of an unauthorized drilling method in Collier County several months ago.

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Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., told a group of local officials and activists Monday he’s going to press federal agencies to answer questions about oil drilling in Southwest Florida.

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An embattled Texas-based oil company announced Friday it’s relinquishing most of its oil drilling permits in Southwest Florida. The announcement is a victory for activists in Collier County, who have been fighting the permits for about a year.

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County and state officials are still grappling over how to deal with a fracking-like incident in Collier County a few months ago.

The state’s environmental regulation chief visited Naples Tuesday to meet with angry residents and county officials, but the visit did little to ease concerns.

Florida’s environmental agency began releasing the results of groundwater testing in Collier County this week. State officials said the results show there’s no contamination at the Collier-Hogan oil well site near Lake Trafford. However, water quality experts have said the state isn’t testing properly for contamination.