Preserve Our Paradise, Inc. was formed when we learned that the Dan A. Hughes Company of Beeville, Texas had applied to drill a well that presented ourtrageous threats to public safety and our natural environment. It was positioned to potentially drill under the City of Naples main water wellfield, the future Collier County water wellfield area, the Florida Panther National Wildlife Preserve, and the residential suburb of Golden Gate Estates.
After a long battle in court and in the court of public opinion, in April of 2014 we forced the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to all-but-admit they had permitted fracking at a recent adjacent well, the “Collier-Hogan” well outside the Naples-area neighborhood of Orangetree. With this disclosuer, public opinion turned decisively against the oil drillers. The Collier County Commissioners voted unanimously to go to court against the oil drillers and the DEP.