Collier County Wants Oil Company’s Permit Revoked

NAPLES (CBSMiami/AP) —  Colliery County officials are asking for the state to revoke a permit for a Texas oil company to drill on an island surrounded by a sanctuary.

County commissioners voted to ask the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to revoke the permit allowing the company to drill on the island. Hughes has been allowed to drill there since 2012.

The company, Dan A. Hughes Co.,  was recently fined for an unauthorized operation.

The $25,000 fine issued April 8 stems from a drilling operation using acid to create fractures. The DEP says Hughes’ permit allowed one acid treatment, but the company did another without approval.

The company said it complied with the law.

Separately, a state administrative judge is reviewing a challenge to another permit that would allow Hughes to drill an exploratory oil well near the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.

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