On December 30th, 2013 a fracking operation took place by the Dan A. Hughes Company at the Hogan well in Collier County without appropriate state regulatory oversight and despite state concerns.
"Without looking in the right places, even if contamination occurred from the fracking-like activity, this shallow sampling would not likely detect it."
- Jennifer Hecker, Conservancy director of natural resource policy, as quoted in the Naples Daily News.
Following this incident, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) conducted water quality testing in shallow wells just below the surface. Such sampling was insufficient to determine if contamination migrating upwards was entering our water supplies from below. The Conservancy entered into a legal agreement with DEP to compel DEP to conduct appropriate groundwater monitoring below all groundwater supplies used for drinking water (at 1,850 feet) to determine if any contamination occurred as a result of the operation.
DEP ultimately revoked all permits from the Hughes Company in the months following the fracking operation; however, Hughes has challenged this revocation.
The unauthorized fracking incident at the Hogan oil well highlighted the need for updated oil and gas legislation. The Conservancy is committed to working to strengthen oil and gas laws.
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