Fla. to sue oil company for drilling violations

Published On: Jul 16 2014 12:33:14 PM EDT
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -

Florida's environmental agency says it's planning to sue a Texas oil company for violating state drilling regulations at one of its wells located near the Everglades.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Tuesday said it will sue Dan A. Hughes Co. for failing to comply with demands after it was learned the company was employing a fracking-like practice known as "acid stimulation" at the site.

The company on Tuesday announced it had shut down operations at the disputed well site, which is near endangered Florida panther habitat.

DEP press secretary Tiffany Cowie says the company's shutdown of the well does not change the agency's plan to sue.

Among the issues of concern cited by DEP were the company's groundwater monitoring and handling of drilling wastewater.

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