Posted on April 16, 2014
VICTORY: Florida panthers safe from Big Oil
Florida panthers number barely over 100 in the wild and can’t afford unnecessary, new threats. The state of Florida issued a permit to Dan A. Hughes Co. for the construction of a new oil and gas waste disposal well in prime habitat for the endangered Florida panther. This well would be placed less than a mile from the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge and would bring with it hundreds of truck trips that could harass or kill endangered panthers.
Thanks to more than 133,000 of you, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection protected the Florida panthers by revoking the oil drilling permits for the Dan A. Hughes Co. and filing a lawsuit seeking more than $100,000 in fines against the company.