Miami, FL — Today, Florida residents and water advocacy groups joined together to urge Miami representatives to champion the environment, economy and drinking water of Floridians by supporting a fracking ban. The groups displayed the inevitable outcome of allowing dangerous fracking in Florida: oil spills.
Fracking is a direct and imminent threat in Miami, where an oil exploration well has been proposed close to the Miami-Dade border. Such a well could easily turn into fracking.
"Food & Water Watch looks to Representatives Jose Oliva, Jeanette Nunez and the rest of the Miami-Dade delegation to stand up for Miami Dade residents by supporting a fracking ban,” said Andrea Cuccaro, Food & Water Watch organizer. "6,600 spills have occurred over ten years in the four states that have allowed fracking. Let’s not let the Sunshine state become another dirty energy statistic."
Both Miami-Dade and Broward have passed ordinances banning fracking but state legislation is necessary to ensure the practice and all of its associated threats never occur in the region, or anywhere across the state.
"The League of Women Voters of Florida and Miami-Dade County remain vigilant against the unsafe practice of fracking, especially in Miami-Dade County with the Biscayne Aquifer, we must do everything we can to protect our source for drinking water,” said Susan Windmiller, President, League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County.
Advocates look to Miami’s state delegation, including powerful Speaker-designate Jose Oliva and Speaker Pro-Temp Jeannette Nuñez, to support HB 237, the Republican-led bill to ban fracking.
“We are in a global climate crisis, and South Florida is ground zero. We urge you to support true clean energy to save our communities from the devastating effects of climate change, and look toward a sustainable future,” said Cecelia O’Brien, Vice President of 350 South Florida.
Actions occurred at multiple locations across the county and included mock oil rig spills, inflatable alligators and lawn flamingos, and a large anti-fracking postcard to visually highlight the dangers associated with fracking. The art installations were held the same day as two key county commission committee meetings with oversight over Miami’s public water.
Throughout the day, art installations were set up in:
- Main mock rig in front of Miami Government Center, 111 NW 1st Street, Miami Florida 33128.
- Downtown Doral Park, in front of Doral City Government Center. 8401 NW 53rd Terrace, Doral, FL 33166
- In front of Hialeah City Hall: 501 Palm Avenue, Hialeah, FL 33010
- Hammocks Community Park in Hammocks: 9885 Hammocks Blvd, Miami, FL 33196
- Lummus Park on Ocean Drive, 1130 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
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