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Oil drilling in the Everglades has long history



GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann startled some people last week when she said she'd be in favor of drilling for oil in the Everglades. Most oil-drilling discussions in Florida concern whether it will sully the beaches, not whether it would ruin the River of Grass.

But then, this week, Gov. Rick Scott appeared to back Bachmann up, then later backed down, and now other politicians and activists are weighing in.

As Scott pointed out, drilling for oil in the Everglades is not some wild-eyed scheme that Bachmann made up. Oil has been pumping out of wells from what's known as the Sunniland Trend in the western Everglades since 1943.

So here's a quick 10-point tutorial on Sunniland, the unlikeliest oil patch in the South —- and so far one of the safest, since according to state records there has never been a major oil spill there.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 5:58pm]


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