Special hearing for proposed oil drilling begins


As Reported by WBBH-TV – updated 2/25/2014 4:21:13 PM ET 2014-02-25T21:21:13

It’s only the first day of a legal fight over oil drilling in Collier County and conversations are already heated.

Protestors from two groups are trying to convince a judge to block the Dan A. Hughes Company from drilling near houses in Golden Gate Estates.

This is the biggest hurdle they’ve faced so far in this battle. There is no jury — just a state judge who will rule on whether to allow the drilling.

“My reaction is I’m worried. I’m worried that the information that should be there is not there,” said Matt Schwartz, South Florida Wildlands Association.

Oil can mean big profit, but some claim searching for it comes with dangers like hydrogen sulfide gas leaks.

“Accidents will happen. We are not prepared. We meaning the people who live in the area and the responders are not prepared,” said Joe Mule, President of Preserve Our Paradise.

Today an administrative judge listened to eight hours of tedious testimony.

“The experts that Dan A. Hughes will provide will be the only experts with mud on their hands, on the ground, oil and gas industry experience,” said a representative for Dan A. Hughes Company.

First up, the oil company focused on its research, planning and proven track record. Read more click here: Special hearing for proposed oil drilling begins.

Brain-eating amoeba found in Glades County

Glades County—A confirmed case of Naegleria fowleri has been reported in Glades County. Naegleria fowleri (commonly referred to as the “brain-eating amoeba”), is a microscopic amoeba which is a single-celled living organism.

It can cause a rare and devastating infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

The amoeba is commonly found in warm freshwater such as lakes, rivers, ponds and canals.

Infections can happen when contaminated water enters the body through the nose. Once the amoeba enters the nose, it travels to the brain where it causes PAM (which destroys brain tissue) and is usually fatal.

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Florida’s water balance is showing a loss | Ocala.com

By Robert L. Knight – Special to the Star-Banner – Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.

Florida is blessed with an abundant freshwater income — an average of about 175 billion gallons per day (BGD). Yet, we are having serious trouble living within our means.A water balance is an analysis of the inflows and outflows, and the resulting change in the amount of water in storage (equivalent to the “balance” in a bank account).

For example, Florida’s water balance includes an estimated average inflow of 150 BGD from direct rainfall over the state’s 38 million acres of land, and 25 BGD from river and groundwater inflows from Georgia and Alabama (e.g., Apalachicola, Suwannee and Withlacoochee rivers).

During dry years, this inflow might decline by about one-third, while during wet years, it may increase by the same fraction.As in a family’s economy, Florida’s natural economy is dependent upon all of these inflows of water. Right off the top, about 107 BGD of these inflows is lost to evaporation and transpiration. While these losses may seem unnecessary, this is nature’s air conditioning, and Earth would be unlivable if evaporated water did not…

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