Tallahassee, FL— “The House Agriculture and Natural Resources Subcommittee’s 10-5 decision to pass Rep. Holly Raschein’s inadequate fracking ban bill today without an amendment will not fully protect Florida’s water. The fracking bill that passed today has an enormous loophole that would allow matrix acidizing, a type of fracking that poses an imminent danger to Florida’s environment and public health.
“Matrix acidizing works by using chemicals so powerful they dissolve rock formations underground to get to oil deposits, and in doing so, exposes our water to toxic leaks. Experts have said the cocktail of toxic chemicals known for contaminating water and endangering public health is nearly the same for matrix acidizing and hydraulic fracturing. By only addressing hydraulic fracturing, today’s bill only deals with half the fracking problem. From beginning to end, the process of matrix acidizing also uses huge volumes of water and emits noxious air pollution.
“Florida’s leaders must amend the bill to close all loopholes in House bill by banning all forms of fracking, including matrix acidizing. That is why we are supporting the better Senate bill which passed today through Senate committee and bans all forms of fracking.”