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Fracking Florida: Action + News

Written by  Compiled by Team SCPA

Posted February 27, 2016, revised 11:44am Feb. 28, 2016
Fracking Florida Update + News


ACTION! 1 of 3
Space Coast Rising against fracking in Florida
Rally: 5pm Monday Feb. 29
Various locations in FL House District 52, see Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1295068900518906/

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ACTION! 2 of 3 (Thanks to LWV Space Coast)
PLEASE SHARE this info widely around Florida

Senate Bill 318 will be voted on again on Tuesday
Take a stand against fracking
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
DEADLINE to call + email: Mon. Feb. 29.

Please share now. Ok to call Sunday or after hours just leave message with your name, ask them to vote against SB 318. Making a statement of one or two reasons you feel this way is optional. This may be our last chance to influence our elected legislators and write Florida’s history.

Action 1. CONTACT your Senator and let them know that you do not want fracking IN ANY FORM in the state of Florida! Vote NO on SB 318. To find your Senator, click here.

Action 2. CALL Chair Tom Lee and members of his Appropriations Committee. THANK the ones who voted NO (to defeat the bad bill). Ask those who voted YES to reconsider their vote. Let them know that Floridians do NOT want fracking in our state! (We want the bad bill to be defeated, and we want a ban on Fracking in Florida, which the bad bill does not do.)

SEE CONTACT INFO below, phone numbers and email addresses.

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ACTION! 3 of 3

Fracking issue at Brevard County Commissioners
Why there should be no fracking in Florida
8:45am Tuesday, March 1
9am: County Commission meeting starts
10am: 'time certain' agenda item for fracking issue
You are invited to speak for up to five minutes
Fill out speaker request form when you arrive
LOCATION: Government Center Commission Room, Building C
Brevard County Commission
2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Room 6, Viera
https://www.facebook.com/events/1295068900518906/

League of Women Voters Space Coast is petitioning our commissioners to adopt a resolution against Fracking in Brevard. INFO: call Terry 321-543-2156.

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CONTACT INFO Florida Senate Appropriations Committee members:

Yes or No indicates how they voted previously.
Yes votes: ask them to reconsider their vote -- Floridians do not want fracking! (We want the bad bill to be defeated!)
No votes: thank them for their vote ( a 'no' vote helps defeat this bad bill)

Chair - Sen. Tom Lee  (850) 487-5024 YES
Vice-Chair - Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto (850) 487-5030 NO
Sen. Thad Altman (850) 487-5016 YES -- (Dear Sen. Altman: please vote NO on SB 318! And find a way to BAN fracking in FL)
Sen. Anitere Flores (850) 487-5037 NO
Sen. Don Gaetz (850) 487-5001 YES
Sen. Bill Galvano (850) 487-5026 YES
Sen. Rene Garcia (850) 487-5038 YES
Sen. Denise Grimsley (850) 487-5021 YES
Sen. Alan Hays (850) 487-5011 YES
Sen. Dorothy Hukill (850) 487-5008  NO
Sen. Arthenia Joyner (850) 487-5019 NO
Sen. Jack Latvala (850) 487-5020 NO
Sen. Gwen Margolis (850) 487-5035 NO
Sen. Bill Montford (850) 487-5003 NO
Sen. Joe Negron (850) 487-5032 NO
Sen. Garrett Richter (850) 487-5023 YES
Sen. Jeremy Ring (850) 487-5029 NO
Sen. David Simmons (850) 487-5010 YES
Sen. Chris Smith (850) 487-5031 NO

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(Thanks to LWV Space Coast for action and contact info!)

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NEWS REPORTS

SB 318 Fracking Bill defeated -- for now

Senate committee kills fracking bill, but measure could return
Miami Herald, by Mary Ellen Klas, Feb. 25, 2016

Sponsor says he is working on compromise to revive measure
Opponents say law invites fracking, want ban instead
Proponents say bill is needed or fracking can't be stopped now

**Note: Sen. Thad Altman was among those voting FOR the bill.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article62475717.html

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Fracking stopped in Florida Senate -- for now
Palm Beach Post, by John Kennedy, Feb. 25, 2016

… Two-dozen counties, including Palm Beach County, have either banned fracking or support a statewide ban.

The legislation would bar local governments from enacting prohibitions on the practice, which involves drilling deep below ground and the introduction of toxic chemicals that destroy rock, freeing oil or gas reserves.

Fracking currently is not regulated at the statewide level in Florida. Supporters of the legislation say it would set some standards for the industry. … 'This is not a good bill for the people of Florida,' said Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa.

http://postonpolitics.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2016/02/25/fracking-stopped-in-florida-senate-for-now/

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Posted February 7, 2016
Florida legislature and Florida environment, cont'd.

Not often we find a member of Florida Today's editorial advisory board advocating for a viewpoint with which we heartily agree, but here's one: Devon Vann has writen a superb Op-Ed column: 'Fracking too hazardous for Florida.' Right on, Ms. Vann. Senator Altman has a golden opportunity to vote FOR the public interest, by voting NO on Senate Bill 318.
-- SCPA Editor

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Fracking too hazardous for Florida
By Devon Vann, Guest Columnist, Florida Today, February 5, 2016

... Florida should be happy to account for only .03 percent of injection wells nationwide (56 wells in 2011, according to the EPA). But passage of SB 318 will put us in line for long-term storage of toxins that would be deadly to our aquifer and that have been linked to cancer, birth defects, miscarriages and increased seismic activity.

You might have guessed that a positive cost-benefit analysis has motivated our state legislators’ foray in to fracking. But you’ll be disappointed to know that their own staff research indicates “a significant negative fiscal impact on the state.” ...

... Last week, representatives including Brevard’s Steve Crisafulli, R-Merritt Island, John Tobia, R-Melbourne Beach, and Ritch Workman, R-Melbourne, voted in support of fracking. Now it is left to Sen. Thad Altman, R-Viera, and the rest of the Florida Senate to honor the people of Florida’s will, and put a stop to SB 318.

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/02/05/fracking-hazardous-florida/79889640/

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Florida Senate waters down fracking bill but advances it
Miami Herald, by Mary Ellen Klas, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau, January 13, 2016

… Opponents warn that because of the state’s fragile limestone foundation, dangerous chemicals could seep into Florida’s porous rock formations and contaminate the state’s water supply too late for the state to do anything. Instead of regulation, they seek a ban.

But Richter argues that until a study is complete a ban is irresponsible.
“We need to responsibly do everything we can to be less dependent on others,” he said. “For 70 years we’ve been drilling for oil in the State of Florida and in fact over 600 million barrels of oil have been produced from 1,000 wells without any adverse impact.”

Todd Sack, a Tallahassee physician who has served on the environmental health committees of the Florida Medical Association and American Medical Association said both organizations have adopted policies opposing natural gas fracking. He said the bill allows drillers to hide any disclosure of chemicals used in the process by calling them a trade secret.

“This bill will interfere significantly with the ability of physicians to care for their patients,” he said. “Doctors caring for patients must know what chemicals are in our water.”

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida warned that the bill does not regulate all types of well-stimulation and said it fears that millions of gallons of drinking water will be used for the activity.

The bill passed 6-3 along party lines. Supporting the bill was Associated Industries of Florida because of the “jobs it will create for the state of Florida,” said lobbyist Brewster Bevis. ...

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article54581760.html

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