Opinion

September 10, 2011

Commentary: In the Everglades, oil and water don't mix

South Florida oil wells, those that don’t come up dry (most do), tend to yield a low-grade, sour crude and an ever sourer politics. Chants of “Shell, Shell, drill in hell!” drowned out the public hearing held the last time an oil company proposed punching an exploratory hole beyond the Everglades dike in western Broward County. The opposition in the early 1990s was loud and angry, and echoed through county halls and Congress and the governor’s office.

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