On Friday morning, Dan A. Hughes Oil Company and the Collier Resources Company agreed to terminate their lease agreement, with the exception of the Collier Hogan 20-3H well, next to the Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary in Naples, Florida.
Hughes Oil dropped its plans to drill an exploratory well adjacent to the Golden Gates Estates development.
“We are very happy that Hughes won’t drill next to our home,” Pamela Duran, who lives 1,000 feet away from the previously proposed drill site, told DeSmogBlog.
“I think the whole neighborhood feels like there is a heavy weight taken off our shoulders,” she said.
Pamela Duran in front of her house in Naples, Florida. ©2014 Julie Dermansky