Miami company applies to drill for oil in Everglades

Environmental advocates say drilling would threaten the water supply, destroy wildlife habitat and complicate the restoration of the delicate Everglades ecosystem.

The Everglades. Image AP

MIRAMAR, FL (AP) – A Miami company is bracing for a likely battle with environmentalists after applying to drill for oil in the Everglades.

Kanter Real Estate LLC, which owns 20,000 undeveloped acres of the Everglades in southwestern Broward County, filed applications with the state to drill an exploratory well to assess the feasibility of extracting oil. The news hasn’t set well with environmental advocates, who say drilling would threaten the water supply, destroy wildlife habitat and complicate the restoration of the delicate Everglades ecosystem.

The company insists its plan can be done while keeping the Everglades safe.

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