Thursday, March 8, 2018

Florida Senate to Vote on Fracking Ban on Thursday, March 8th!

Please call your Senator on Thursday morningtell them you’re a constituent, and urge them to vote YES on the following amendments that would ban fracking in Florida --




Sen. Farmer has filed amendment 245018 to SB 1308 to prohibit any fracking activity in geological formations above, below, or within the Floridan or Biscayne aquifers.   He's also filed the same amendment to HB 1149 (which is the companion bill to SB 1308.)  The fracking ban amendment toHB 1149 is barcode 561580. 


Please call your Senator on Thursday morningtell them you’re a constituent, and urge their support for these important amendments.  (amendment text is at the bottom of this email)

  The bill will be voted on the Senate Floor on Thursday, March 8th.  
The amendments will PROHIBIT
·         Hydraulic fracturing
·         Acid fracturing
·         Acid matrix stimulation
·         It provides a PENALTY of up to $5,000.00 a day for violating the prohibition  and
o   It does NOT interfere with using conventional drilling techniques to recover oil or gas
o   It does NOT interfere with water well drilling
o   It does NOT interfere with routine well cleanouts or maintenance

The amendments will prevent toxic chemicals from being injected at high pressure through the aquifers we all depend on.
Passing this bill in the Senate is a tremendous opportunity; there’s still time to pass it in the House too! 
Please call to urge your Senator to support the fracking ban amendment to SB 1308 and HB 1149.
Your State Senator’s district number is on the back of your Voter Information card.  Or you can find it here by entering your address:

All Senators’ Capitol Phone numbers are below:
Call your Florida senator at Capitol Office numbers below to vote YES on the fracking ban amendment to protect our water.
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
The same amendment text has been filed to SB 1308 and HB 1149.  If we can get the Senate to adopt this languagetomorrow, we still have time to pass it in the House!
       Senator Farmer moved the following:
      
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    2 
    3         Between lines 675 and 676
    4  insert:
    5         Section 5. Subsection (8) is added to section 403.859,
    6  Florida Statutes, to read:
    7         403.859 Prohibited acts.—The following acts and the causing
    8  thereof are prohibited and are violations of this act:
    9         (8) The injection of fluids into a geologic formation that
   10  is above or below or a part of the Floridan Aquifer system or
   11  the Biscayne Aquifer when such injection is for the purpose of
   12  propagating fractures in or dissolving rock formations to
   13  increase production at an oil or gas well by improving the flow
   14  of hydrocarbons from the formation into the wellbore. However,
   15  this subsection does not apply when such injection is performed
   16  only for one or more of the following purposes:
   17         (a) Routine well cleanout work or maintenance.
   18         (b) Routine treatment for the purpose of removal of rock
   19  formation damage due to drilling or other well construction
   20  activity.
   21         (c) Any bottom hole pressure survey.
   22         (d) Any routine activity that does not affect the integrity
   23  of the well or the rock formation.
   24         (e) The removal of scale or precipitate from well
   25  preparations, casing, or tubing.
   26         (f) A gravel pack treatment that does not exceed the
   27  formation fracture gradient.
   28         Section 6. Subsection (1) of section 403.860, Florida
   29  Statutes, is amended to read:
   30         403.860 Penalties and remedies.—
   31         (1) A fine, not to exceed $5,000 for each day in which a
   32  violation occurs, may be imposed by a court of competent
   33  jurisdiction on any person who violates s. 403.859(1), (2), (4),
   34  (5), or (6), or (8).
   35 

David Cullen - Sierra Club Florida Lobbyist