Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is poised to approve new, dirty, and dangerous onshore oil drilling in the Florida Panhandle that could contaminate the drinking water for millions of Floridians across the state.
This comes at a time when Floridians are increasingly demanding government action to combat the effects of climate change and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Yet DeSantis and his administration are poised to allow exploratory oil drilling within the ecologically sensitive Apalachicola River floodplain.
Petition To Gov. Ron DeSantis and DEP Program Administrator Mulkey
We, the below signed Floridians, strongly oppose the six exploratory oil drilling permits sought by Cholla Petroleum in Calhoun County, within the Apalachicola River basin.
As ground zero for climate change, Florida should embrace clean renewable energy sources, like solar and wind, and reject onshore drilling in the Florida panhandle in search of dirty fossil fuels.
The risk of severe harm to water quality and this fragile ecosystem from oil drilling far exceeds any benefits that a small number of property owners and an oil company will gain. These permits are not in the public interest and threaten one of our state’s great natural treasures.
We urge you to reject these drilling permits.