Big Cypress National Preserve plays a critical role in the health of the Everglades and Florida's coastal estuaries, and it's home to a stunning array of imperiled wildlife, from alligators and eastern indigo snakes to caracaras and panthers.
A newly proposed project from a Texas oil company, however, threatens to irreversibly alter the character of the protected area and turn essential habitat into just another oil field crisscrossed with roads and dotted with drill pads. The company has asked for permission to begin seismic surveying -- which itself will require the removal of trees and destruction of habitat on 70,000 acres.
July 11, 2015 Action Alert ID# 246
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