- Associated Press - Friday, July 4, 2014

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - The state is giving an oil company drilling in southwest Florida two weeks to comply with nine demands or face penalties.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard issued a letter late Thursday to Texas-based Dan A. Hughes Co. outlining steps the drilling company needs to take to restore public confidence in its activities in Collier County.

Among other demands, the state wants the company to hold three public meetings to discuss present and future operations and to allow media access to operations to ensure that previous violations are not continuing. Vinyard also wants revisions for a state-required groundwater monitoring plan and frequent status reports on safety mechanisms.

A message left Friday at the company’s Beeville, Texas, headquarters for spokesman David Blackmon was not immediately returned.

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