URGENT! — CALLS NEEDED TO STOP FRACKING BILL — SB 318
The fracking bill—SB 318—is scheduled for a vote in the Senate Appropriation Committee this Thursday, February 25.
We expect a close vote and need your help to stop the bill in this Committee.
If your State Senator is one of the 19 members of the Senate Appropriations Committee on the list below, please call him/her on now. Say that you live in the Senator’s district, and that you vote.
Ask him/her to vote NO on fracking bill SB 318.
Members of Florida Senate Appropriations Committee:
Sen. Thad Altman 850-487-5016 Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto 850-487-5030 Sen. Anitere Flores 850-487-5037 Sen. Don Gaetz 850-487-5001 Sen. Bill Galvano 850-487-5026 Sen. Rene Garcia 850-487-5038 Sen. Denise Grimsley 850-487-5021 Sen. Alan Hays 850-487-5011 Sen. Dorothy Hukill 850-487-5008 Sen. Arthenia Joyner 850-487-5019 Sen. Jack Latvala 850-487-5020 Sen. Tom Lee 850-487-5024 Sen. Gwen Margolis 850-487-5035 Sen. Bill Montford 850-487-5003 Sen. Joe Negron 850-487-5032 Sen. Garrett Richter 850-487-5023 Sen. Jeremy Ring 850-487-5029 Sen. David Simmons 850-487-5010 Sen. Christopher Smith 850-487-5031
The bill, backed by the oil and gas industry, not only would enable the dangerous drilling practice in places like the Everglades, but would force local communities to accept it. HB191 (companion to SB 318) passed the full House of Representatives on January 27 by a vote 73-45. We need to defeat the bill in the Senate to stop it.
Thank you for all you do to protect Florida’s environment.
Dave Cullen, Lobbyist
Sierra Club Florida
Definition of Fracking
The narrow definition of fracking in SB 318 excludes the acid-matrix stimulation technique most likely to be used in Florida. That means none of the permitting, or the study, or the rules will affect acidizations in the least—even though the same toxic cocktail will be injected into the ground.
The bill preempts counties and cities from regulating or banning fracking. It deprives citizens of their ability to protect themselves from contaminated water supply and its health impacts.
The trade secrets provision means families won’t even be able to find out what chemicals are being used.
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