Florida Appeals Court: “Everglades Open for Oil Drilling”

By David Middleton – Re-Blogged From WUWT

Everglades open for oil drilling after court ruling

A Tallahassee appeals court reversed a decision by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday, ultimately granting Kanter Real Estate the authority to drill.

By Samantha J. Gross Feb. 5

TALLAHASSEE — After nearly four years of legal battles, a Miami family that made its fortune in real estate will now be able to drill an exploratory oil well in the Everglades, just west of the Broward County suburbs.

A Tallahassee appeals court reversed a decision by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday, ultimately granting Kanter Real Estate the authority to drill.

The land Kanter Real Estate President John Kanter is interested in drilling is on a 20 mile-wide, 150-mile-long stretch of shale between Miami and Fort Myers dubbed the Sunniland Trend. The western part of that stretch has been tapped into by a Texas oil company, but the Kanter family argues that they have found the potential for oil on the eastern part.

Tampa Bay Times

The Sunniland Trend

Many people would probably be surprised to know that a fairly active, long-established oil play is present in Southwest Florida…

SWFL is Oil Country

Legislature looks to expand inshore drilling

| December 15, 2011

Special to Florida Weekly

THERE’S OIL IN THEM THAR’ HILLS. OK, maybe a slight exaggeration; Southwest Florida is, after all, flat.

But just 30 miles inland from Naples, Fort Myers and area beaches threatened by last year’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, a dozen oil wells churn out nearly 2,800 barrels daily — much as they have for nearly 70 years. Owned by Collier Resources and operated by Californiabased BreitBurn Energy Partners, the Sunniland Trend, an oil reserve extending from Fort Myers to Miami, has produced more than 120 million barrels since oil was first discovered 12 miles south of Immokalee in 1943, says Tom Jones, senior vice president of Collier Resources, a minerals management company jointly owned by the Barron Collier Companies and Collier Enterprises.

Today, as state lawmakers continue to debate the pros and cons of offshore oil drilling along Florida’s coast and ponder a bill introduced last week that seeks to rejuvenate wells drilled before 1981, fields in Lee, Hendry and Collier — from Lehigh Acres to the Big Cypress National Preserve — continue to produce nearly half of Florida’s oil. Jay, a small town in the Panhandle, is the only other inland oil-producing region in the state. Combined, these wells have produced 600 million barrels without incident or environmental impact.

Wait: Oil production in Florida? For many Florida residents the introduction of House Bill 87 by Rep. Matt Hudson, R-Naples, was an eye-opener, to say the least. The bill advocates the re-exploration of abandoned inland oil wells — a move that could ante up the state’s oilproducing cache while creating jobs and tax revenue. Sure, proposals that would permit off-shore drilling continue to loom over the state and on the minds of many residents and tourists, but on-shore oil production is part of Florida’s history, too, and it happened right in Collier County.

A century of drilling

Although oil production in Florida has never reached the scale of Texas or the Middle East, exploration traces its history back to the turn of last century, when wildcatters were lured here by Indian folklore and dreams of striking it rich. The search for Florida’s black gold centered on the Panhandle and the 1.3 million acres owned by Barron Gift Collier, who was convinced his land would fuel America’s growing demand for oil. Early oil exploration proved fruitless until Sept. 26, 1943, when after decades of failed attempts and dozens of dry holes throughout the Panhandle and Southwest Florida, the Humble Oil & Refining Co. struck pay dirt at Sunniland just south of Immokalee. Humble, which later became Exxon, spent $1 million and reached a depth of 11,626 feet before tapping into the reserve. Sunniland No. 1 became Florida’s first producing oil well.


Charlotte Florida Weekly

Oil & Gas Journal

More than 120 million barrels of oil have been produced from the Sunniland Trend since 1943…


Many don’t realize the long and storied history that oil exploration and development has in Florida. But, in fact, oil exploration and production has been ongoing in Southwest Florida since it was first discovered on Collier minerals in 1943. It was discovered by Humble Oil and Refining Company after Florida’s Governor and Cabinet offered a $50,000 prize for whoever could be the first to find oil in Florida.

Since 1943, when crude oil production commenced, more than 120 million barrels of oil, nearly all from the Upper Sunniland formation, have been produced from eight commercial oil fields across the Sunniland Trend, a well-defined, onshore oil reserve that stretches from Fort Myers to Miami.

A large part of the Sunniland Trend is located within the Big Cypress National Preserve. Created in 1974, the Big Cypress National Preserve was established as the first preserve in United States, in part, for the purpose of maintaining certain existing rights – one of which was oil and gas exploration and development.

In order to establish the preserve, the Collier family conveyed 76,790 acres to the National Park Service but maintained private ownership of the mineral rights. In addition, in 1996, the Collier family conveyed an additional 83,000 acres to the National Park Service for the expansion of the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Today, nearly 2,800 barrels of oil per day continue to be produced in the Sunniland Trend. The focus of Collier Resources Company today is on the exploration of their minerals and potential future resource development.

Collier Resources Company

The production has largely been from Cretaceous limestone formations…

The Sunniland Oil Trend, largely located in the Big Cypress National Preserve, is a well-defined, onshore oil reserve stretching from Fort Myers to Miami. Oil was first discovered in the Sunniland Trend in 1943 by the Humble Oil and Refining Company. Since then, eight commercial oil fields have produced more than 120 million barrels of oil at some of the highest onshore per-well flow rates in the country.

Wells in the Sunniland Trend produce oil from limestone formations located more than two miles below the surface and contain very low amounts of natural gas, meaning they must be pumped in order to bring the oil to the surface.

The variety of oil produced in the Sunniland Trend, when refined, produces auto and aviation fuels, diesel fuel, lube oils and asphalt.

Collier Resources Company

Sunniland Trend Stratigraphy. Collier Resources Company.

Horizontal drilling has rejuvenated this old oil play…

Florida Sunniland Trend well wows BreitBurn

By OGJ editors

HOUSTON, June 8 – BreitBurn Energy Partners LP, Los Angeles, said a horizontal development well it completed in early May in Florida’s onshore Sunniland Trend is making 1,200 b/d of oil, more than double the rate the company used in predrill economics.

The CL&CC 27-5AH, in Raccoon Point field, Collier County, also makes 1,500 b/d of water from the Cretaceous Sunniland C formation (see map, OGJ, Mar. 8, 2010, p. 32). The well has more than 1,500 ft of pay in the horizontal section at 11,407 ft true vertical depth.

The well has been on production 4 weeks, and reservoir pressure is such that oil cannot reach the surface without continuous operation of the electric submersible pump.

BreitBurn is drilling a second horizontal well in the field and expects results in July.

The Sunniland Trend has been producing oil since the first discovery well was drilled in the early 1940s. BreitBurn’s total production from the trend is 2,850 b/d. The company is operator with 100% working interest and 83.6% net revenue interest.

Oil & Gas Journal


Access to this play has been an ongoing legal battle against environmental terrorists activists, who even idiotically opposed the acquisition of a 3d seismic survey…

Oil exploration in Big Cypress wins approval

May 6, 2016

A Texas company won approval Friday to explore for oil at Big Cypress National Preserve, after the National Park Service concluded the work would have no significant environmental impact.

Environmentalists immediately denounced the decision, saying it will cause lasting damage to some of the last extensive wildlife habitat left in South Florida.

Burnett Oil Co. has requested permission to use special off-road vehicles to pound the ground with seven-inch-thick steel plates, creating vibrations to reveal the presence of the geological structures that could contain oil. The work would take place across 70,000 acres straddling Alligator Alley about 10 miles west of the Broward County line, a region of cypress and pine forest, swamps and wet prairies that’s home to Florida panthers, black bears and much more wildlife.

“Scientists with the National Park Service evaluated the potential effects of the survey on the preserve,” said a statement from the preserve released Friday. “After extensive agency and tribal consultation and analysis of public comments, the agency found that the proposed seismic survey would pose no significant environmental impacts.”


Sun Sentinel

The play extends offshore



The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management estimates that the Sunniland/South Florida Basin have an undiscovered technically recoverable resource potential of 250 million barrels.  This represents less than 10% of the estimated 3.6 billion barrels of technically recoverable oil in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico panning area.

It is currently off limits to oil & gas exploration…


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