Florida to Buy Everglades Parcel to Save It From Oil Drilling

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Florida's governor is announcing a plan to buy a some twenty thousand acres of land in the Everglades NPR's greyhound reports it will preserve an area that's been targeted for oil drilling for several years the company that owns the land in the Everglades west of fort Lauderdale had sought permits to drill an exploratory well an appeals court ordered the state to issue the permit but environmental groups and public officials in Broward county were adamantly opposed to the project Florida governor Rhonda status since his administration has reached an agreement with the landowner to buy the twenty thousand acres for as much as eighteen million dollars depending on when the deal is finalized it's the largest wetlands acquisition by the state in a decade helps protect an area that's critical for wildlife and south Florida's water supply Greg Allen NPR news

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