The frackingbill has slowed down a bit in the Senate thanks to your calls, emails and personal contacts with our State Senators. The bills, backed by the oil and gas industry, not only enable the dangerous drilling practice in places like the Everglades, but they would force local communities to accept it.
Research in other states shows that fracking has caused water contamination and air pollution, massive amounts of fresh water usage, and led to declining property values.
Ignoring overwhelming public opposition,
HB191 by Rep. Rodrigues passed the full House of Representatives on January 27 by a vote 73-45.
There is still time to stop the bill in the Senate. The next opportunity for the Senate Appropriation Committee to hear SB 318 (companion to HB 191) would be on February 18, If the bill passes in that committee, it will be considered by the full Senate shortly thereafter.
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.
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 NOon frackingbill SB 318.(Leave a message if no one answers and call back during business hours.)
List of Florida Senators
- Membersof the Senate Appropriations Committee in CAPS:
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.
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.
The trade secrets provision means families won't even be able to find out what chemicals are being used.