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Oil company gets green light to survey in Florida preserve

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The National Park Service has given the green light for a Texas company to explore for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve. Park service officials said Friday that a 20-month environmental review showed there would be no significant impact if Burnett Oil Company did a survey 110 square miles in the national preserve. The survey will use sound waves from truck-mounted vibrators to create three-dimensional map of potential oil and gas reserves. The park service says if…

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Today on Context Florida: Gun control compromise, national parks and Donald Trump

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Today on Context Florida: Marc Yacht asks if another gun tragedy, such as the recent Lafayette, La., theater shooting will finally lead to change. The two sides, pro-gun and pro-regulation must sit down. Both issues need attention: mental health services and sensible gun policy. Mental health needs are cited by both groups. Perhaps, that’s a good place to begin needed collaboration. Florida’s nine national parks are suffering, Joseph H. Carter says, needing about $190 million in crucial maintenance left unfunded and…

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New hunt for oil in Florida raises environmental concerns

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Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state’s regulation of the oil and gas industry. A Miami company, Kanter Real Estate LLC, has submitted a permit application to drill an exploratory oil well on the eastern edge of the Everglades. Meanwhile, federal approval is pending for a seismic survey meant to locate new areas for drilling in the Big Cypress National Preserve, a freshwater swamp whose health is vital to the neighboring…

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