Friday, February 5, 2016

Fracking Bill in Senate Appropriations on February 18?

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The fracking bill has slowed down in the Senate thanks to your calls, emails and personal meetings with our State Senators.  The bill, backed by the oil and gas industry, not only would enable the dangerous drilling practice in places like the Everglades, but would force local communities to accept it.

There is still time to stop the bill in the Senate.  The next opportunity for the Senate Appropriation Committee to hear SB 318 would be on February 18,  If the bill passes in that committee, it will be considered by the full Senate shortly thereafter.

HB191 (companion to SB 318) passed the full House of Representatives on January 27 by a vote 73-45.

Scroll down for instructions and messaging for making calls to your Senators.


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Please call your State Senator between now and February 18 -- especially if your Senator is one of the 19 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Instructions:

1. Find your State Senator by clicking here.

2. Call your State Senator at his/her Tallahassee office (see list below), say that you live in the Senator's district, and that you vote.  Ask him/her to vote NO on fracking bill SB 318. (Leave a message if no one answers and call back during business hours.)  

List of Florida Senators
- Members of the Senate Appropriations Committee in CAPS:

Sen. Joseph Abruzzo
SEN. THAD ALTMAN
Sen. Aaron Bean
SEN. LIZBETH BENACQUISTO
Sen. Rob Bradley
Sen. Jeff Brandes
Sen. Oscar Braynon
Sen. Dwight Bullard
Sen. Jeff Clemens
Sen. Charlie Dean
Sen. Nancy Detert
Sen. Miguel Diaz De La Portilla
Sen. Greg Evers
SEN. ANITERE FLORES
SEN. DON GAETZ
SEN. BILL GALVANO
SEN. RENE GARCIA
Sen. Andy Gardiner
Sen. Audrey Gibson
SEN. DENISE GRIMSLEY
SEN. ALAN HAYS
SEN. DOROTHY HUKILL
Sen. Travis Hutson
SEN. ARTHENIA JOYNER
SEN. JACK LATVALA
SEN. TOM LEE
Sen. John Legg
SEN. GWEN MARGOLIS
SEN. BILL MONTFORD
SEN. JOE NEGRON
SEN. GARRETT RICHTER
SEN. JEREMY RING
Sen. Maria Lorts Sachs
SEN. DAVID SIMMONS
Sen. Wilton Simpson
SEN. CHRISTOPHER SMITH
Sen. Eleanor Sobel
Sen. Darren Soto
Sen. Kelli Stargel
Sen. Geri Thompson

3. Send this to your friends.

Thank you for all you do to protect Florida's environment.

Dave Cullen

Lobbyist
Sierra Club Florida

Talking Points:

Definition of Fracking
The narrow definition of fracking in SB 318 excludes the acid-matrix stimulation technique most likely to be used in Florida.  That means none of the permitting, or the study, or the rules will affect acidizations in the least - even though the same toxic cocktail will be injected into the ground.

Preemption
The bill preempts counties and cities from regulating or banning fracking.  It deprives citizens of their ability to protect themselves from contaminated water supply and its health impacts.

Trade Secrets
The trade secrets provision means families won't even be able to find out what chemicals are being used.

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