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Florida Democrat lawmakers call for ban on O&G drilling in Big Cypress NPres

Oil exploration should not be allowed in Big Cypress National Preserve because of the risks it poses to the environment, wildlife, and potential wilderness, five congressional Democrats from Florida say in a letter asking Interior Department and National Park Service officials to halt energy exploration and development there.

Efforts by Burnett Oil Co. to extract oil from beneath the preserve's landscape also conflict with President Biden's commitment to halt “new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters" and to work to slow climate change, said the politicians.

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