Fracking Update

ban fracking in floridaFRACKING UPDATE

MAY 2018

In February of 2018, The Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee voted unanimously in favor of Senate Bill 462 (SB 462) to prohibit advanced well stimulation, commonly known as fracking or hydraulic fracturing. The bill then moved to the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources, where it was once again approved. This is the first time that a fracking bill successfully made it through two committees. SB 462 also made it to the Senate Appropriations Committee, but was never heard. Therefore, a fracking ban bill will be resubmitted for the 2019 session.

SB 462 seeks to ban all types of fracking in the State of Florida, including hydraulic fracking, acid fracking and matrix-acidizing. The anti-fracking fight is an example of how grassroots and community organizing can bolster a movement to the highest ranks. Over 85 Florida communities have passed local measures opposing fracking.

Fracking is a dangerous practice, but especially in sensitive ecosystems like the Florida Everglades. After an oil company drills down miles into our porous limestone through rock and aquifers, water and toxic chemicals are injected with such force, the underlying rock is shattered. This could endanger the drinking water of over 8 million people (over 5 million south of Lake Okeechobee on the east coast alone). Additionally, sinkholes can form and earthquakes can occur.

Senate Bill 462 aims to safeguard Florida’s drinking water and protect our natural resources. Working together, 2019 will be the year that fracking is banned in Florida keeping our residents, water and land safe.

Kathy Panko

Environmental Issues Group

Sources:

The Florida Senate 02/14/2018

Food & Water Watch 02/05/2018, 02/14/2018