FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2014
FROM DEP SECRETARY HERSCHEL T. VINYARD JR.TO DAN A. HUGHES CO.
TO: Interested Media
FROM: Tiffany Cowie, DEP
RE: DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr.'s Letter
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary
Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. issued a letter today to Dan A. Hughes Company. Below
is a copy of that letter. Feel free to reach out if you need further
Dan A. Hughes
208 E. Houston
you know, I sent a letter on July 3, 2014, with a list of demands for the Dan
A. Hughes Company to meet by July 15 to increase transparency and address the
numerous unanswered concerns about activities at the Collier-Hogan well.
of these demands was to testify before the Collier County Commission’s July 8
meeting to discuss your current practices and long-term plans. The Dan A.
Hughes Company did not testify, or even send a representative, to yesterday’s
demands I have made of the Dan A. Hughes Company offer a tremendous opportunity
to begin rebuilding the trust your past actions have damaged. I have been very
clear that the written required actions are not negotiable and require your
Department is fully assessing any and all actions at our disposal to bring the
Dan A. Hughes Company into compliance with the law and we will be prepared to
act on July 15.
look forward to your immediate response.
T. Vinyard Jr.
cc: Chairman Tom Henning
Commissioner Fred W. Coyle
Commissioner Donna Fiala
Commissioner Georgia Hiller
Commissioner Tim Nance
County Manager Leo Ochs
County Attorney Jeff Klatzkow
Collier County Water-Sewer District
Thomas G. Mosher
Preserve Our Paradise
Conservancy of Southwest Florida