Stuart, FL — On Friday at 11am, water advocates and Treasure Coast residents will gather in front of the Martin County Courthouse in Stuart.
Fracking is a dangerous practice that threatens public health on a massive scale and would be an environmental catastrophe for Florida. The practice is a particularly severe threat to Florida, where karst geology, paired with risky drilling practices, would put water at an even greater risk of contamination, leaving over ten million people without access to water. Floridians have already experienced the detrimental impacts oil and gas exploration can have on a tourism-based economy. BP’s Deepwater Horizon offshore oil spill wreaked havoc on Florida’s Gulf Coast economy in 2010.
Senate President Negron has staked his legacy as a clean water and environmental champion. Banning fracking statewide is critical to ensuring the work President Negron and others have put in to protecting our clean water.
What: Press conference including colorful visuals/large anti-fracking signs and banners
When: Friday, March 2nd 11:00am-11:30am
Where: In front of the Martin County Courthouse. 100 SE Ocean Blvd, Stuart
Who: Floridians Against Fracking, ReThink Energy Florida, Food & Water Watch
Speakers will include:
- Dr. Rob Lowery, volunteer physician at the Martin County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic a member of the FL-5 Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team
- Tiffany Parisi, public health anthropologist and adjunct professor at Kaplan University in Jacksonville, Florida
- Susan Wreb, St Lucie community leader
- Michelle Allen, Food & Water Watch