Florida buys Everglades land to prevent oil drilling

“This is an important purchase to protect the Everglades and the drinking water of millions,” said Diana Umpierre, Everglades organizer for the Sierra Club. Around this time last year, we stood at that same location with local leaders with the unified message of ‘Not here, not now, not ever, no oil rigs in our Everglades’ and after 72 organizations sent a letter to the governor demanding state action to stop oil drilling at this site. So, this is welcomed news and we look forward to reviewing the terms of the purchase agreement announced today.”