'Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle' ... To drill or not to drill?

NewsMakers: Preserve our Paradise

NewsMakers: Senior vice presidents of Collier Resources & Leaders of Preserve Our Paradise

NewsMakers: Senior vice presidents of Collier Resources

To drill or not to drill?

That is the question for oil exploration in in Golden Gate Estates.

The pros and cons are aired on this week’s "Naples Daily NewsMakers with Jeff Lytle’’ program this morning at 10 on ABC7.

Guests in favor of leasing land at 24th Avenue SE and Desoto Boulevard to a Texas firm are Tom Jones and Christian Spilker, senior vice presidents with

Collier Resources Inc.; opponents are Joe Mule’ and Don Lorentz, leaders of Preserve Our Paradise.

Here are excerpts.

* Video highlights will be posted at naplesnews.com/newsmakers on Monday.


Pro: Christian Spilker

Lytle: The opponents say they have asked the would-be exploratory company and they can’t get a firm commitment that there will be no fracking. Can you address that?

Spilker: Well, I think it’s very straightforward. The company said they’re not going to frack, and not only that, if you’re going to frack in the state, you have to apply to do that. And our application clearly says nothing about fracking. They are not going to frack.

Lytle: But the opposition will say, well, what about the future?

Spilker. Well, I don’t think at this point that would be hard to decide.

Lytle: See? That’s what they’re looking for. They’re looking for a commitment: not now, ever.

Spilker: Fracking. There is no intention of fracking at all, not now, and not in the future.


Con: Joe Mule’

Lytle: You had told me earlier that one of your concerns was that it would be easier to get permits to do this on this privately owned land rather than on publicly owned land.

Mulé: I think that was a statement made by Hughes (the Texas firm that wants to lease the land for drilling). And what they were trying to do was to make sure that they find an area that they felt would have the path ... give them the path of least resistance. Let me put it that way.

What they didn’t expect was that they were going into a hornet’s nest. I think that they went into an area where they felt that they would have a populace that would not be in a position to really defend themselves and would not be boisterous and/or vociferous; and little did they know that there’s quite a few people out there who are staunch opponents to doing this, for the good of everybody, for your water, his water, my water, everybody’s water.

The aquifer that potentially will be impacted goes all the way down to Miami-Dade County. It affects Lee; it affects Charlotte County. People don’t realize it.

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