Success: Panthers Saved from Destructive Oil Drilling

Florida panther saved from oil and gas drilling operation

Target: Joe D. Mulé, President of Preserve Our Paradise

Goal: Applaud the efforts of Preserve Our Paradise for saving the Florida panther from oil drilling and exploration

The endangered Florida panther has been saved from the oil and gas exploration and drilling that was conducted less than a mile from its wildlife refuge. Thanks to grassroots organization Preserve Our Paradise and a previous Force Change petition, the oil and gas company is ending all activity near this precious panther’s home. This petition is to thank Preserve Our Paradise for fighting against the oil and gas company that threatened this area’s wildlife and natural resources.

Dan A. Hughes Company, a Texas oil and gas exploration and production corporation, was drilling for oil in southwest Florida. Although the company had legally obtained the mineral rights, their operation threatened the protected habitat of the Florida panther, a species with approximately 100 individuals left in the wild. The state had allowed this company to drill without an environmental impact assessment.

A group of concerned citizens banded together to create Preserve Our Paradise. This organization initiated multiple court actions against the Texas oil giant. Finally, Dan A. Hughes Co. decided to retreat from the area. This precious space of Florida Everglades has escaped the grasp of the destructive oil and gas industry. Not only was the Florida panther at risk but also community water supplies. Preserve Our Paradise is proof that community members can fight against oil and gas bullies. By signing this petition, you are thanking Preserve Our Paradise for its relentless efforts to save the habitat of the Florida panther.


Dear President Mulé,

Your organization, Preserve Our Paradise, has truly made a difference for wildlife. The endangered Florida panther should be protected. Your organization’s efforts have successfully saved the Florida panther’s habitat. I want to thank you for saving this creature and standing up against big oil.

With only 100 individuals left in its population, the panther’s home needs to be preserved and protected from oil and gas exploration and drilling. Your relentless efforts to run off Dan A. Hughes Company truly proves that a community can win against the oil and gas industry. I hope you continue to defend the wildlife and environment of southwest Florida. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. I anticipate that your successful action will produce and inspire further community groups to fight for their local environment and wildlife. I commend you for saving the Florida panther as well as surrounding communities from the devastation brought on by the oil and gas industry.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region via Flickr

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