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FPL gets OK to drill for gas

FPL gets OK to drill for gas

TALLAHASSEE — Florida's largest power company can now get in the natural-gas production business with its customers' money. But it won't be able to use money from those same ratepayers to advocate against new federal clean-water rules. Juno Beach-based Florida Power & Light won permission from state utility regulators Thursday to sign a 30-year contract with Louisiana-based PetroQuest to conduct exploratory drilling for natural gas in southeastern Oklahoma, with the $191 million cost spread to customer bills. The deal, approved in a 4-1 vote by the state Public Service Commission, will make FPL the first regulated power company to engage in such energy production....

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