SPRING HILL, FL -- On Wednesday, April 17th, Brooksville Vice Mayor, Joe Bernardini, will join dozens of residents at Senator Wilton Simpson’s Spring Hill office to meet with legislative aides, present petition signatures, and rally in support of a ban on all forms of fracking. Legislation (House Bill 7029 and Senate Bill 7068) to ban fracking has moved swiftly through the state legislature. Advocates warn that the bills leave open a loophole to frack by excluding a form of fracking called matrix acidizing in the ban. The leading grassroots force behind the push to ban fracking, the Floridians Against Fracking Coalition, have urged the legislature to amend the bills to ban matrix acidizing, to no avail.
This rally is part of a statewide day of action of multiple events across the state happening on April 17th to demonstrate the widespread support for banning all forms of fracking. The rallies are calling on Governor DeSantis to speak out about the need to ban all forms of fracking to protect Floridian’s clean water and public health.
Governor DeSantis promised to support a ban on fracking on the campaign trail and issued an Executive Order on January 10th ordering the Department of Environmental Protection to “adamantly oppose hydraulic fracturing”. Rally attendees will call on the Governor to clarify his support of a fracking ban includes all forms, including hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, and matrix acidizing. Rural communities are often impacted with the burdens of fracking wastewater disposal threatening Hernando County residents and spring integrity.
What: Spring Hill Ban ALL Fracking Rally
When: Wednesday, April 17th at 4:30PM
Where: Senator Simpson’s District Office, 4076 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606
Who: Brooksville Vice Mayor Joe Bernardini, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club Adventure Coast Group, Neighbors Against Mining and Floridians Against Fracking