- Associated Press - Saturday, May 7, 2016

OCHOPEE, Fla. (AP) - The National Park Service has given the green light for a Texas company to explore for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

Park service officials said Friday that a 20-month environmental review showed there would be no significant impact if Burnett Oil Company did a survey 110 square miles in the national preserve.

The survey will use sound waves from truck-mounted vibrators to create three-dimensional map of potential oil and gas reserves.

The park service says If Burnett Oil finds something that it wants to pursue, the company would have to submit a new plan of operations, and that would require another environmental review.

The preserve located in South Florida is home to Florida panthers, black bears and other wildlife.

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