Everglades oil drilling opponents call on Gov. DeSantis to stop it

A proposal to drill for oil in the Everglades was attacked by politicians and environmentalists Tuesday, as they urged Gov. Ron DeSantis to step in and stop it.

At a news conference at Everglades Holiday Park in southwest Broward County, a parade of speakers denounced the proposal by Kanter Real Estate LLC for an exploratory well a few miles west of Miramar. Speaking over the occasional drone of airboats, they called on the governor to tell the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to continue the legal fight against the project.

“As we look out on the Everglades on this beautiful day, it’s hard to believe that someone would consider spoiling this, but they are,” County Commissioner Beam Furr said .

Seventy-two civic, religious, environmental and governmental organization signed a letter to DeSantis, asking him to protect the Everglades from the drilling project.

As she spoke, opponents of the project held signs that read “No oil drilling,” “No drilling in our backyard” and “Stop the Oil Rigs.”

Although the company’s application for a drilling permit had been rejected by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the company won twice in court, with the First District Court of Appeal ordering the state to issue the permit. Wednesday is the deadline for the state to appeal that ruling, Furr said.

“Today, we are asking the governor to step in and back up the Department of Environmental Protection,” he said.