Bradenton, FL -- This morning, with songbooks in hand, a half dozen anti-fracking advocates gathered in front of Senate President Galvano’s Bradenton office to carol their support of a statewide fracking ban. Songs include re-written classics with a ban fracking spin: “We Wish You a Frack-Free Christmas”, “Frackers Go!” (Jingle Bells), and “The Frackers Song” (The Dreidel Song).
A fracking ban has received bipartisan support in Florida’s legislature for the past 3 legislative sessions. After a fracking ban stalled last session right before hitting the Senate and House floors, Food & Water Action plans to push legislation through early this session to ensure that Florida’s water is protected from the toxic chemicals that could poison drinking water if fracking remains legal in the state. A national movement to ban fracking is underway, and as a coastal state with a history of water woes, Florida has the opportunity to lead the charge in protecting not only the water that we drink and bathe in, but also the beaches and springs that fuel Florida’s economy by bringing in millions of tourists each year.
“We’re asking President Galvano to fulfill the holiday wish of so many Floridians to assure them access to clean and safe drinking water,” said Brooke Errett, Food & Water Action Florida Organizer. “Without a fracking ban, corporations will continue to blast toxic chemicals into the ground putting our aquifers at risk. We’re ho-ho-hoping that after this coming legislative session fracking will finally be banned.”