Campaigners try to block O&G exploration permit renewal at Big Cypress NPres, citing environmental damage

A new fight has broken out over oil exploration in the western Everglades as environmental groups try to stop a Texas company from completing a search for oil at Big Cypress National Preserve.

A vast swath of forest, swamp and wet prairie on both sides of Alligator Alley, Big Cypress is home to bears, panthers, wading birds and alligators. It’s also home to oil, with two active well fields operating there since the 1970s.

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