Today, local elected officials, health professionals, business owners, and hundreds of Floridians came together at several rallies around the state to call on Governor DeSantis to clarify his commitment to banning fracking in the state. Floridians Against Fracking leaders called for the statewide day of action because the ban fracking bills moving through the state legislature (House Bill 7029 and Senate Bill 7064) would leave open a loophole to frack using matrix acidizing.
Rallies and events are being held in:
- Hialeah (happening on Thursday, 4/18)
- Spring Hill
- Oakland Park
- Port St Lucie
- Land O’Lakes
- Vero Beach
“If Governor DeSantis is serious about protecting clean water and our health, he should speak out now and clarify his commitment to banning all fracking in the state,” said Michelle Allen, Senior Florida Organizer of Food & Water Watch. “Accidents like spills and well casing failures are inevitable and given hydraulic fracturing and matrix acidizing utilize toxic and carcinogenic chemicals, these processes pose a danger to our drinking water and health so they must be banned.”
While on the campaign trail, Governor DeSantis voiced support for banning fracking in the state and in January the Governor issued an executive order in January directing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to ‘adamantly oppose hydraulic fracturing’.
Legislation to implement the Governor’s Executive Order leaves open a loophole to allow the oil and gas industry to frack using matrix acidizing, a form of fracking that injects chemicals into a well to dissolve rock and allow more oil or gas to escape. Matrix acidizing poses severe risks to the state’s drinking water and public health due to the corrosive fluids used in the process that involve dangerous chemicals like hydrofluoric and hydrochloric acids.
“As a person of faith, I know fracking does not belong in this world or bring us any good when it comes to the health of our people and the environment. We have an obligation to protect the resources we were given and to put an end to immoral practices with profit as a bottom line,” said Rev. Dr. Neddy Astudillo, Presbyterian Pastor, GreenFaith Florida coordinator. “ The bottom line should be humanity, and our elected officials should be pushing forward policies that will protect our standard of living, not diminish it.”
90 cities and counties across the state passed measures against fracking and over 240 business owners, over 120 local elected officials, have signed a letter in support of banning fracking statewide. Support for banning fracking statewide has been mounting for years, and rally organizers are calling on Governor DeSantis to step up and ensure the state passes a bill this session to ban all forms of fracking, including matrix acidizing.