NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson wants the Environmental Protection Agency to look into a Texas company fined in Florida for an unauthorized drilling operation using acid to create fractures.
In a letter Thursday to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, Nelson, D-Fla., said the "fracking-like incident" raises concerns about activities that "pose a threat to the drinking and surface water so close to the Florida Everglades."
The EPA released a statement saying it has no authority to issue permits or otherwise regulate exploratory oil wells.
The state fined the Dan A. Hughes Co. $25,000 last month. Officials said the company had a permit allowing one acid treatment but did another one in December without approval. Collier County officials want the state to revoke a permit that has allowed the company to drill on an island surrounded by a sanctuary since 2012.
Residents have challenged the company's plans to drill near panther habitat.