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Enviros ask O&G permit processing in Big Cypress NPres be suspended

Florida officials are being asked to pause the processing of oil drilling permits for Big Cypress National Preserve until all key stakeholders can assess the impacts of Burnett Oil Co.'s search for oil in the preserve and research potential impacts drilling might bring.

“Taxpayers in Florida and around the country have pumped billions of dollars toward restoring the Everglades ecosystem, of which the wetlands of Big Cypress National Preserve are a vital part," Melissa Abdo, the Sun Coast regional director for the National Parks Conservation Association, said Wednesday afternoon. "The preserve has not even begun to heal from the severe impacts of Burnett’s last hunt for oil.

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