Stonecrab Alliance

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The Stone Crab Alliance is committed to working for economic, social, and environmental justice through nonviolent direct action. The group was formed as a sister group to the Clam Shell Alliance in the 1970s when it helped stop a nuclear power plant from being built in Bonita Springs, Florida. We’re still celebrating a major victory. After two years of protests, penalties, and lawsuits, Dan A. Hughes announced it was abandoning all plans to explore for oil in Southwest Florida. The Texas oil company terminated its 115,000-acre-oil lease while the state revoked all the company’s permits and filed a lawsuit for cleanup. Most significantly, the drill site that placed 30 families in an emergency evacuation zone was turned into a watermelon field. Although we’re still celebrating the shutdown, an additional 334,000 acres was just leased for oil operations so the struggle for the Everglades and clean water escalates. We’re working on both the state and local level to ban fracking and shutdown proposed seismic testing in the Big Cypress National Preserve. We're too busy to maintain a website; we do have a Stonecrab Alliance Facebook page where you can find more than you'd ever want to know. We also work with a variety of other groups and issues to make the world a better place for everyone.

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    Petitioning Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Ron DeSantis, Penny Taylor, Burt L. Saunders, Andy Solis

    SAVE EVERGLADES FROM NEW OIL OPERATIONS

    Deny Trend Oil Drilling Permit #1394. Trend oil company plans to drill an oil well in Immokalee, the tomato capital of America and a farming community of 27,000 whose livelihood comes from crops and cows.  The proposed drill site is too close to homes and city water supplies, wetlands and flowways, orange groves and tomato fields, cow pastures and horse ranches, the historic Gopher Ridge lands of the Miccosukee and the Seminole nations, indigenous artifacts and sacred sites, and documented gopher turtle burrows and secondary Florida panther habitat—all of which are vital to our economy, wildlife, and the people who call Florida home. The drill site is also located in the Big Cypress Swamp watershed, a critical recharge area that replenishes levels in the Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve and the Everglades National Park and fills the aquifers we rely on for drinking water.  It also lies upstream and within the protection zone of public water wellfields and the Seminole Tribe’s drinking water and is surrounded by wetlands.  To the south is Camp Keais flowway that carries water through the Fakahatchee to the Gulf of Mexico and into the Ten Thousand Islands.  To the Southwest lies Lake Trafford, the “headwaters of several important ecosystems, including Corkscrew Swamp.  Even a minor spill here would be catastrophic. It is irresponsible to risk contaminating our fresh water and important wetlands.  They’re far more valuable than oil and fuel everything from agriculture to our multi-billion-dollar tourist industry.  The cost of destroying important ecosystems in Florida significantly outweighs whatever small amounts of oil these areas could yield.  Florida contributes only a sliver to U.S. oil production:  less than one-sixteenth of one percent, and employs less than a thousand of Florida’s workforce of nearly 10 million people.  Add in climate change and sea-level rise and the case is closed.  Expanded oil operations in Collier County are not in the public interest. Deny it just as DEP denied the Kanter well located in the Everglades’ Water Conservation Area 3 in Broward County.  Deny it because DEP has failed for seven years to secure the promised and necessary rules needed to protect Collier County water resources and residents from another Collier Hogan well disaster. Recall that in 2014, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) promised Collier County new oil and gas regulations after unauthorized fracking at the Collier Hogan well hazarded our water supply and resulted in state fines, revocation, lawsuits, and shutdown.   The important point is that Collier County withdrew its lawsuit against DEP based on DEPs promise of STRONG oil and gas regulations.  We never got the promised oil and gas regulations—or any local or legislative protection.  Everything that happened at the Collier Hogan well can happen again.  Specifically, deny this permit because DEP has failed to prohibit well stimulation, restrict fresh water use, secure DEP site access, secure DEP enforcement power, significantly increase fines, require liability insurance, replug abandoned boreholes, mandate a buffer zone, require a workable contingency plan, and more.  Our point is that contamination of Florida’s water is possible in every step of the process—from storage containers to tanker trucks to injection wells. Accidents happen. Pipes leak, injected fluids surface, and, cement casings fail. Because it only takes one incident to taint or even ruin a community’s aquifer, new oil operations, including exploration and well stimulation, are not in the public interest. You can’t clean up an aquifer.  No amount of regulation can make oil drilling safe in Immokalee, a community whose crops and cattle feed the world.  In short, we recommend DEP deny this permit because it fails to protect Florida’s natural resources and people. Let us add, that in terms of the global climate crisis, Florida needs to be part of the solution rather than the problem.  With major oil companies working to zero out emissions and putting their full weight behind renewables to speed up energy transition, we need smaller companies and the state to do the same.  We need to stop permitting new oil drilling and invest in sustainable energy. There is no future in fossil fuel.     

    Stonecrab Alliance
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