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Oil company issues tart rejoinder to accusations it is damaging Big Cypress NPres

In a biting response to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' charges that his company's oil exploration in Big Cypress National Preserve was damaging the landscape, Burnett Oil Co. President Charles Nagel said the Corps' compliance chief in Florida was terribly misinformed and seemed to be being fed misinformation by opponents.

"We respectfully believe that you are unaware of all the facts, and that your conclusions appear to be based on selective information given to you by project opponents," Nagel wrote after Robert. J. Halbert, the chief of compliance and enforcement for the Corps' Jacksonville District, wrote that the company was impacting Big Cypress by "mechanized land clearing, ditching and channelization" with its exploration work.

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