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US Army Corps of Engineers says oil exploration in Big Cypress NPres has hurt the park

Oil exploration in Big Cypress National Preserve by Burnett Oil Co. has not been conducted in compliance with the Clean Water Act and has adversely affected the preserve's landscape, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

In a letter sent March 6 to Burnett Oil Co. President Charles Nagel, the Corps said "the Corps concludes that the oil and gas exploration activity that was conducted equates to mechanized land clearing, ditching, and channelization. The Corps concludes that the survey activity caused an impact that resulted in a change in the bottom elevation of the wetland, that the activity caused an identifiable individual and cumulative adverse effect on aquatic function, and that the survey had the adverse effect of degrading a water of the U.S."

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