New oil exploration projects, or seismic surveys, are proposed to occur over thousands of acres of land in Southwest Florida. These projects may result in adverse hydrologic impacts and may eventually lead to an expansion of oil drilling in the area. These surveys involve the use of large trucks or explosives to send vibrations into the Earth. The reflection of these vibrations is monitored and the data generated is then used to locate formations that are likely to contain oil or gas.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has been actively monitoring and providing comment on proposed exploration projects.
The first, proposed by Tocala LLC., would cover 103,000 acres of land north of Big Cypress National Preserve. This project involves putting explosives into 8,800 boreholes 50-200ft underground to generate vibrations.
The second project is proposed by the Burnett Oil Company to occur within the Preserve itself. This project would cover 70,540 acres and would use large trucks or vibroseis buggies to generate vibrations.
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