Article courtesy of Bryan Anderson | July 1, 2014 | Abc-7 News | Shared as educational material
COLLIER COUNTY –Late Tuesday, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection released findings that declared Collier County’s drinking water safe.
The DEP tested water for more than a 150 chemicals at an oil drilling site off Immokalee Road.
Months ago, DEP said it caught the company illegally drilling so they started taking samples. Workers tested 142 chemicals and found no groundwater contamination. Thirteen chemicals did show up but those are normally found in Florida’s groundwater.
The samples came from six monitoring wells near the oil drilling site. Two independent agencies are also testing the water. The DEP said they expect to have a full water analysis by December first.
The company operating the oil drilling rig released this statement:
“Dan A. Hughes Company is pleased with the positive water analysis results released today by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Protection of the environment and human health are our highest priorities, and we’ve supported the DEP’s efforts to engage in this testing and analysis process around the Collier Hogan 20-3H well site. We have felt all along that, because of the care our company takes in the planning, construction and completion of its wells, the results of this testing would demonstrate that the company’s operations have had no negative impact on area ground water. We are aware that further testing remains to take place, and will continue to work cooperatively with the DEP throughout the process. We look forward to seeing the additional results when they become available.”