Oil drilling in the Everglades
An appellate ruling clears the way for a company to drill in the Everglades, but obstacles remain.
In 1941, eager to create a new industry in Florida, the Legislature offered $50,000 to whoever made the first commercial oil or gas discovery in the state. Two years later in Collier County, Humble Oil and Refining struck oil in the Sunniland Trend, a two-mile deep formation that runs from Miami to Fort Myers and nearly 200 miles into the Gulf. Humble took its prize money, added another $10,000 and donated it to the University of Florida and the Florida State College for Women, today’s Florida State University.
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