SUN SENTINEL: Florida ignored law in rejecting oil well in Everglades, lawyers for landowners say

Sun Sentinel: Written by David Fleshler. April 25, 2018.

South Florida family seeking oil wealth in the Everglades accused the state of ignoring the law in rejecting their application for an exploratory well in western Broward County.

Lawyers for Kanter Real Estate LLC, which represents the family of developer and banker Joseph Kanter, argued to the First District Court of Appeal that the Florida Department of Environmental Protection unfairly employed a new standard — that oil drilling should never be allowed at all in the Everglades — in refusing to issue a permit for the controversial project.

In their brief, the Kanters say DEP doesn’t have unlimited discretion to reject a permit but must follow the law. In this case, they said, the department was not allowed to raise purported facts not already brought into evidence in the previous court case, such as a blanket policy against any drilling in the Everglades.

And, they said, the state ignored drilling that has been taking place for years in the Everglades with state permits at nearby Big Cypress National Preserve.

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