Friday, March 9, 2018

Call Your Senators - Ask them to vote NO on House Bill 1149. Amendments were withdrawn to ban fracking and protect Florida's aquifers!

Dear Supporters of Clean Air, Water, and Energy:

We regret to inform you that last night Senator Gary Farmer (D-Ft. Lauderdale) withdrew his amendment to House Bill 1149 that would ban fracking in Florida.  Additionally, Senator Farmer withdrew two other amendments to the bill that would ​make water pumped into the aquifer cleaner.

The bill that is left is coming to the floor today, and it is bad for Florida's waters. And Senator Keith Perry (R-Gainesville), the sponsor of the bill, is asking Senators to vote on a revision of the bill that would make it even worse. ​

Please call your Senators - one more time - and ask them to vote NO on House Bill 1149.  HB 1149 has already passed the House so only the Senate can stop it.

Find your Senator here.  Just enter your address:  http://flsenate.gov/Senators/Find  
All their Capitol phone numbers are at the bottom of this email.  

Thank you!


Background and talking points

Sen. Perry will move the adoption of amendment  908716 to 1308 to match it to HB 1149 and then move to substitute HB 1149 for his bill and pass it on third reading.  The bill includes:
·         AQUIFER RECHARGE WITH RECLAIMED WATER FOR DEVELOPERS –
The standards of treatment for reclaimed water are inadequate to allow it to be pumped into the aquifer we all depend on.  Any contamination will be impossible to clean up – just xconsider how long it takes to clean up plumes resulting from dry cleaning fluid and leaking gasoline tanks.  And the aquifer recharge proposal contemplates pumping millions of gallons a day into the drinking water supply.
·         REISSUING EXPIRED PERMITS – EVEN TO NEW OWNERS WHO DIDN’T HAVE A PERMIT TO BEGIN WITH – and only requires the reissued permit to meet the standards that were in effect up to three years ago, not new standards that may have been adopted since.  It also accepts “professional certification” that the project won’t create additional adverse impacts.  That determination should be made by DEP or the WMD, not by a professional with an unavoidable conflict of interest in favor of the client.
·         ALLOWING REPAIRS AND REPLACEMENT OF DOCKS AND PIERS THAT DON’T REQUIRE PERMITS WITHOUT CONSIDERING CUMULATIVE IMPACTS – Any construction that shades or disturbs seagrasses takes a very long time to heal and cumulative impacts are significant.

All Senators’ Capitol Phone numbers are below:
IMPORANT: Online lookup feature only shows the district phone number. Use tool to find your Senator's name and district number andcall the CAPITOL OFFICE NUMBER from list below. Don't forget, tell them WHERE YOU LIVE.
Find your Senator from the list below and call or click here to find.

District
Name
Phone
Counties
1
Broxson
Escambia, Santa Rosa and part of Okaloosa
2
Gainer
Bay, Holmes, Jackson, Walton, Washington and part of Okaloosa
3
Montford
Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Hamilton, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla
4
Bean
Nassau and part of Duval
5
Bradley
Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, Suwannee, Union and part of Marion
6
Gibson
Part of Duval
7
Hutson
Flagler, St. Johns and part of Volusia
8
Perry
Alachua, Putnam and part of Marion
9
Simmons
Seminole and part of Volusia
10
Simpson
Citrus, Hernando and part of Pasco
11
Bracy
Part of Orange
12
Baxley
Sumter and parts of Lake and Marion
13
Stewart
Part of Orange
14
Hukill
Parts of Brevard and Volusia
15
Torres
Osceola and part of Orange
17
Mayfield
Indian River and part of Brevard
18
Young
Part of Hillsborough
19
Rouson
Parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas
20
Lee
Parts of Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk
21
Galvano
Manatee and part of Hillsborough
22
Stargel
Parts of Lake and Polk
23
Steube
Sarasota and part of Charlotte
24
Brandes
Part of Pinellas
25
Negron
Martin, St. Lucie and part of Palm Beach
26
Grimsley
Desoto, Glades, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee and parts of Charlotte, Lee and Polk
27
Benacquisto
Part of Lee
28
Passidomo
Collier, Hendry and part of Lee
29
Rader
Part of Broward and Palm Beach
30
Powell
Part of Palm Beach
32
Book
Part of Broward
33
Thurston
Part of Broward
34
Farmer
Part of Broward
35
Braynon
Parts of Broward and Miami-Dade
36
Garcia
Part of Miami-Dade
37
Rodríguez
Part of Miami-Dade
38
Campbell
Part of Miami-Dade
39
Flores
Monroe and part of Miami-Dade
40
Taddeo
Part of Miami-Dade