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Senator Soto, DEP trade letters over Everglades oil drilling concerns

No permits have been issued for oil and gas exploration or drilling in the Florida Everglades, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection said Tuesday in response to a senator's letter.

Sen. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, wrote to DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard on Monday requesting that the department suspend approved oil exploration permits in the Everglades to allow the House and Senate to review the risks and effects.

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