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Over enviros’ objections, company gets state approval to resume O&G search in Big Cypress NPres

A Texas company has won state approval to resume its hunt for oil in the Everglades, over the objections of environmental groups that say the work could harm the habitat of panthers, black bears and other wildlife.

Burnett Oil Co., of Fort Worth, had requested permission from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to complete testing across a section of Big Cypress National Preserve that straddles Alligator Alley west of Broward County, a swath of swamp and forest that’s popular for hunting, hiking and bird watching. The company plans to send specialized trucks into the 110-square-mile area to pound the ground with steel plates to detect seismic evidence of the presence of oil.



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