On Tuesday, March 11, the Dan A. Hughes Company is seeking approval from the EPA for a dangerous oil-drilling permit that could harm sensitive wildlife and pollute drinking water sources in South Florida.
The EPA permit would allow the company to build an injection well in prime Florida panther habitat -- within a mile of the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge.
And if the company gets the go-ahead for an injection well, it will also be able to dispose of the wastewater from oil drilling by injecting it deep into the ground -- just below freshwater and municipal water resources. This brine water can contain hazardous, cancer-causing chemicals like benzene, toluene, lead, arsenic and uranium. And once the wastewater is injected, it is difficult to know where it will go. Worse still, these types of storage wells fail, and when they do they can contaminate nearby sources of drinking water.
Please act now to halt this dangerous project in its tracks by urging the EPA to protect Florida's drinking water and natural habitats.
March 11, 2014 Action Alert ID# 136
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