Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about state regulation of the oil and gas industry. A Miami company, Kanter Real Estate LLC, has submitted a permit application to drill an exploratory oil well on the eastern edge of the Everglades. Meanwhile, federal approval is pending for a seismic survey meant to locate new areas for drilling in the Big Cypress National Preserve, a freshwater swamp whose health is vital to the neighboring Everglades and to native wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther.
Florida photographer Clyde Butcher: Almost everything I've shot still exists. People used to be able to see it everywhere, now you have to go and see it. You have to get in the water, you have to get in a canoe. And best time to shoot unfortunately is in the summer.