Wednesday, February 24, 2016

URGENT! -- CALLS NEEDED TO STOP FRACKING BILL -- SB 318

Florida Chapter

Take Action
The fracking bill - SB 318 - is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Appropriation Committee this Thursday, February 25. 

We expect a close vote and need your help to stop the bill in this Committee.  

If your State Senator is one of the 19 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on the list below, please call him/her now.  Say that you live in the Senator's district, and that you vote. 
Ask him/her to vote NO on fracking bill SB 318.  

Members of Florida Senate Appropriations Committee:


Sen. Thad Altman
850-487-5016
Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto
850-487-5030
Sen. Anitere Flores
850-487-5037
Sen. Don Gaetz
850-487-5001
Sen. Bill Galvano
850-487-5026
Sen. Rene Garcia
850-487-5038
Sen. Denise Grimsley
850-487-5021
Sen. Alan Hays
850-487-5011
Sen. Dorothy Hukill
850-487-5008
Sen. Arthenia Joyner
850-487-5019
Sen. Jack Latvala
850-487-5020
Sen. Tom Lee
850-487-5024
Sen. Gwen Margolis
850-487-5035
Sen. Bill Montford
850-487-5003
Sen. Joe Negron
850-487-5032
Sen. Garrett Richter
850-487-5023
Sen. Jeremy Ring
850-487-5029
Sen. David Simmons
850-487-5010
Sen. Christopher Smith
850-487-5031



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. HB191 (companion to SB 318) passed the full House of Representatives on January 27 by a vote 73-45.  We need to defeat the bill in the Senate to stop it.
   
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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