September 5, 1969
TO: DALE TWACHTMANN, Executive Director
FROM: GARALD G. PARKER, Chief Hydrologist
SUBJECT: FLORIDA WELL DRILLERS ASSOCIATION AND OUR
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Mr. Burl Dunlap, President, Florida Well Drillers Association, spent 2 1/2
hours with me this morning reviewing the meeting held in Winter Haven on
Tuesday night, September 2, 1969, 2000-2340 hours. That meeting originally
intended for about 15 drillers was actually attended by about 110 persons Mr.
Dunlap informed me, of whom 77 were drillers; most, if not all, of whom are
well-drilling contractors (see my memo on this meeting dated September 3,
Mr. Dunlap informed me of the actions taken by the Florida Well Drillers
Association Executive Committee at a meeting last night. This committee
consisted of the elected officers of the Association, plus a few selected Associ-
ation members, so the group actually was an ad hoc committee established for
the purpose of considering the rules and regulations, the results of the meet-
ing at Winter Haven, and their preparation for a mass attendance at the District
Board of Governors meeting to be held here on Wednesday, September 10th.
Mr. Dunlap left with me the attached marked-up copy of the rules and regula-
tions expressing their proposed changes. Some passages in the rules and
regulations are "X'd" or circled with no comments. These were items for
special consideration and questioning by Mr. Dunlap of me. He and I spent
most of our time going over this marked-up copy discussing every entry that
has been made. There is little or nothing new in what he reported to me today
that is not adequately covered in my memo of September 3, 1969.
In summary, these are the important points of his discussion:
1. I answered most of their questions at Winter Haven to the satis-
faction of the drillers, but some need clarification in writing.
Some hotheads are going to buck every aspect of our rules and
regulations that they can because they don't want any regulation.
2. The two most serious aspects of our rules and regulations they
want changed are:
A. Exclusions. There must be no exclusions of any kind for
the phosphate people. They will lie in your face and do all
that they can to mislead you. Worst water-conservation
and water-pollution offenders are the phosphate operators.
If any regulation needs to be, done it is with this group. This
will be a major point of attack at the September 10th meeting.
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B. Bonding. The drilling contractors are ready and willing to
accept bonding for their firms and their employees, including
their employed drillers. They will resist having employed
drillers, who are not well-drilling contractors (self-employed
3. Need for immediate establishment by Southwest Florida Water Manage-
ment District (Regulatory) of a Drillers Advisory Board. I strongly
endorse this proposal.
I informed Mr. Dunlap that the agenda is already set up and gave him a copy of
it. He requested that I inform you of their intention to be in attendance at the
September 10th meeting and to respectfully ask that an item be inserted in the
agenda for consideration of the driller's comments. I said that I would do this.
Mr. Dunlap is not one of the hotheads, nor is he one of the active antagonists.
Actually, he takes a broad and constructive view of the policies enunciated in
our rules and regulations. He is a good man to have on hand as a friend in our
time of need. John Kriska will be their speaker at the September 10th meeting.
He tends to be more radical than some of the others but he, too, can be helpful
to us. John commands a great deal of respect and has a large following among
the drillers. His comments will be well worth close attention.
cc: M- G. Gibbons
L. M. Blain
D. R. Feaster