Today, by a 10- 0 vote, the Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee led by Senator Bradley passed Senate bill 462 to prohibit ‘advanced well stimulation,’ commonly known as fracking, in the state of Florida. The bill will now move to the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources Ninety communities, including over 30 counties, have passed local measures opposing unconventional oil drilling because of concerns that the technique would threaten Florida’s water. Permits to drill are currently being explored in the Panhandle and Southwest Florida.
Michelle Allen, Florida organizer, Food & Water Watch
“ For the second year in a row, the Senate has shown their commitment to banning fracking because of the real risks it poses to Florida’s water. Just recently, a Duke study on fracking in Pennsylvania found high levels of radium in river and stream sediment located downstream from the discharge areas of oil wastewater treatment facilities. We cannot and should not allow the fracking industry to take our water and then contaminate our waterways. Our hope is that Speaker Richard Corcoran stops listening to special interests and lobbyists and finally acts to ban fracking in the state also.
Mary Gutierrez, Executive Director, Earth Ethics, Inc.
"This is a wonderful news! We applaud the Environmental and Preservation Committee for moving SB 462 forward. We are grateful for committee members recognizing the adverse impacts fracking brings to our environment, economy, and public health. Thank-you for taking a stand against fracking!"
Jennifer Rubiello, State Director, Environment Florida
We're thankful to see the Senate move ahead with common sense legislation to protect Florida’s most prized resource, our water, from the dangers of fracking. One major concern is fracking’s threat to our water supply. In December 2016, the US EPA in a final report found that fracking can, in fact, contaminate drinking water. To date, over 900 peer-reviewed studies have been conducted on the effects of fracking, and the majority of which indicate risks and adverse impacts.
Marybeth Dunn, Executive Director, Florida chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR)
PSR Florida applauds the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee for standing up for public health and the environment by supporting a ban on fracking. The health effects of fracking are well understood because of the hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific and medical articles that find the fracking process harms health by polluting the air, water and the environment we live in. Many of the chemicals used are known to cause cancer, are toxic to the nervous system and interfere with normal hormone functions. We have to move on from this dirty fossil fuels toward clean renewable energy for the good of the environment and the health and safety of current and future generations.
Kim Ross, Executive Director, Rethink Energy Florida
"We are pleased with the widespread bipartisan support evidenced in the committee's vote, and look forward to the Senate's continued leadership in this effort."
Janet Stanko, Conservation Chair, Northeast Sierra Club Group
We are pleased that the Senate Environmental Preservation and Conservation Committee has supported the fracking ban (SB 462). Fracking in Florida is a three-way losing proposition--the prospective low output of oil in conjunction with the input of huge quantities of our limited aquifer water it would use, and the disposal of the contaminated wastewater. Thank you Senators Bradley and Stewart for shepherding this bill through committee. We are confident the two remaining committees will reflect the will of their constituents and approve SB 462.