Oil company to begin second year of exploration in Big Cypress NPres; ecological damage documented
A year ago the Burnett Oil Company sent 33-ton “vibroseis” trucks into parts of Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida to see if recoverable oil reserves could be located beneath the preserve’s landscape. The second year of fieldwork is being launched any day now. But questions remain about how that work is being conducted.
If the work pointed to valuable oil reserves, the company would have to submit a plan of operations for drilling to the National Park Service if it wanted to develop those reserves. The survey is possible because the Park Service does not own the sub-surface mineral rights in the preserve. Sprawling portions are owned by the Collier Resources Co., which hired Burnett to conduct the surveys.