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Oil Search Raises Water Concerns

A search for oil on the Everglades’ western shore is raising both hopes and fears of an oil boom that could be a threat to the underground water supply, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel

While energy companies are planning to seek approval and/or drill near the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and National Wildlife Refuge, a plan that could expand Florida’s oil production and boost jobs, environmental activists fear that drilling could adversely affect South Florida’s delicate ecosystem, threatening wildlife and posing a hazard to the aquifer.

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