Since the founding of Collier Resources Company (CRC), the company has been committed to ensuring the compatibility of oil exploration and development techniques with the conservation initiatives of federal and state preserves, as well as all regulatory agencies.

The National Park Service is the primary regulatory agency governing CRC’s oil exploration in the Big Cypress National Preserve. The National Park Service’s Mineral Management Plan, in conjunction with rigorous rules established by U.S. Congress, sets conditions that allow exploration and development of privately-owned mineral interests, so long as the activities comply with strict environmental protection measures.

CRC’s best management practices include:

  • Use of 3-D seismic technology to identify potential oil and gas reserves to optimize well placements and reduce pad sites.
  • Use of existing roads and trails whenever possible for construction of access roads and well pads and use of culverts to avoid interrupting surface water flow.
  • Limiting drilling well pad size to less than 5 acres, and preparing pads with limestone berms and a heavy impermeable liner to protect groundwater and prevent run off into adjacent environments.
  • Use of self-contained, closed-loop water and mud system to ensure a clean operation.
  • Use of horizontal well drilling technology to produce more oil from fewer wells and pads.
  • Use of high-capacity electric submersible pumps to increase production efficiency and hasten the reclamation and restoration of the well site.
  • Continuous electronic monitoring of drilling operations and development of spill prevention and containment strategies, as well as practiced response programs.
  • Restoration of impacted areas back to their native condition.

Oil and natural gas supply more than 60 percent of our nation’s energy.

The oil industry provides more than 9.2 million American jobs, 267,277 in Florida alone.
The oil industry has invested $175 billion since 1990 toward improving the environmental performance of its products, facilities and operations.
Currently, oil is the principal transportation fuel in the United States, accounting for more than 97 percent of the energy that powers our nation’s automobiles, airplanes and ships.
Oil is expected to remain the dominant fuel in our nation’s energy mix for decades.
Combined with natural gas production, the oil industry supports nearly 9.2 million American jobs, while providing millions of dollars to the economy through state and local revenue each day. 
The oil and natural gas industry contributes significantly to the U.S. economy as one of the nation’s largest employers and purchasers of goods. 
9.8 million people are directly or indirectly employed by the U.S. oil and natural gas industry.
Energy demand in the U.S. is expected to grow by 12 percent between now and 2040.
America’s oil and natural gas industry has a long-standing commitment to safety and protecting the environment. 
Since 1990, the oil and natural gas industry has invested $239 billion toward improving the environmental performance of its products, facilities and operations
Oil and natural gas development has been safely conducted for more than 60 years.