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Permit for oil drilling near homes and panther refuge stirs uproar, prompts EPA hearing

In August about 100 people marched more than a mile down a beach in Naples to the home of Gov. Rick Scott, where they waved signs that said, "Preserve Our Paradise!" and "Remember BP?" They set up a 10-foot-tall model oil rig and gave speeches through a bullhorn that urged Scott to reject plans to drill for oil on the edge of a refuge for the Florida panther - and about 1,000 feet from the nearest occupied home in Naples' Golden Gate Estates neighborhood. [Lara Cerri | tampabay.com] (Oct. 7, 2013)

Source: Tampa Bay Times

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