TC PALM: What's behind push for deep injection wells near Lake O?

TC PALM: Written by Gil Smart. June 13,2017.

When it comes to preventing discharges from Lake Okeechobee, shouldn't every option be on the table?

Or are some options designed to crowd out others?

Last week, officials with the South Florida Water Management District thumbed their noses at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and vowed to plow forward with deep-injection wells — 3,000-foot holes in the ground into which excess water could be pumped during heavy rain events.

In theory, it might be a great idea. But some environmentalists suspect it's a misdirection play designed to build wells instead of a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee.

District officials deny this. But, as always when it comes to Florida water issues, it's hard to tell whether pragmatism or politics is driving the bus.

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