Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Fracking Ban bill up in committee on Wednesday – Calls needed!



Two good bills and one bad one will be heard in the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources this Wednesday (Valentine’s Day!) at 1:30 pm




Please call or email committee members today and urge them to

VOTE YES on SB 462 to Ban all types of Fracking in Florida
Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment
by Sen. Young
VOTE YES on SB 1664 to require septic tank remediation to
protect and restore our water bodies
Basin Management Action Plans
by Sen. Simmons

and

VOTE NO on SB 1402 which will authorize Florida to take
responsibility for protecting our wetlands away from the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
SB 1402 State Assumption of Federal Section 404 
Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority
also by Sen. Simmons
SB 462 Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment by Sen. Dana Young which will ban all types of fracking: hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, and acid-matrix stimulation in Florida . 
BANNING FRACKING WILL PREVENT:
·         Wreaking havoc with Florida’s water through excessive and wasteful consumptive use
·         Chemical pollution of surface waters and the aquifer
·         Human health impacts from toxic chemicals
·         Increasing Florida’s dependence on natural gas
SB 1664 Basin Management Action Plans by Sen. Simmons will require the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Health, local governments, and wastewater utilities to develop a septic tank remediation plan as part of a Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) when DEP identifies septic systems as a significant source of pollution. This is an important step to address our polluted water bodies.
SB 1402 State Assumption of Federal Section 404 Dredge and Fill Permitting Authority by Sen. Simmons would authorize Florida’s DEP to take charge of wetland protection from the EPA.  The Department claims it will look at every issue the feds look at, but how hard they’ll look, and for how long is a mystery.  The details of implementation will only be worked out long after the bill becomes law.
Florida advocated against EPA’s Clean Water Rule, and now the State wants to take responsibility for the very resource it argued shouldn’t be under EPA’s jurisdiction - geographically isolated wetlands. 
In addition, DEP’s staff has been cut by 25% and the federal government will not provide any funding for Florida taking over the job. 

Please contact the committee members below and urge them to vote

YES – to Ban Fracking!
YES – to clean up Septic Tanks!
NO – to removing wetlands from federal protection!

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources 2018
Sen. Book
Part of Broward
Sen. Hukill
Parts of Brevard and Volusia
Sen. Braynon
Parts of Broward and Miami-Dade
Sen. Garcia
Part of Miami-Dade
Sen. Hutson
Flagler, St. Johns and part of Volusia
Sen. Mayfield
Indian River and part of Brevard
Sen. Stewart
Part of Orange