Food and Water Watch has sent the following important information. This is critical because if Corcoran chooses not to file the bill, we are doomed. Randal Denker, a prominent lawyer in Tallahassee, has researched and found the the Bert Harris Private Property Protection Act has never been successfully used in the way the oil industry says. It is pure intimidation and false information.
Equally inadequate as an excuse is the “let’s study it some more” whine. Over 900 studies have been done, and the verdict is in. Fracking is dangerous to human health and the environment. Period. What do you not understand about 900 studies?
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-
Great news! The Florida ban fracking bill passed unanimously through its first Senate committee earlier this week! It has two more committees to go before it can reach the Senate floor for a full vote.
While the Senate is making moves to pass the ban bill, the Florida House is still stalling. Can you make a quick call to House Speaker Richard Corcoran at 866-696-8249 and tell him to support the ban fracking bill?
House Speaker Richard Corcoran is parroting Big Oil’s talking points by claiming that banning fracking statewide would put the state at risk of lawsuits from landowners who want to frack on their property. But that argument doesn’t hold water: in other states with statewide fracking bans (like Maryland and New York), no successful lawsuit has been brought against the state for banning fracking.
We need to turn up the pressure on House Speaker Richard Corcoran to listen to Floridians, not Big Oil, and pass the fracking ban. Call him at 866-696-8249 and make it clear that you want a fracking ban in 2018.
Calls to elected officials can have a big impact, and they only take a minute. Staffers will tally the calls they get on an issue and report back to your legislator.
Here’s what to do:
1. Call House Speaker Corcoran at 866-696-8249.
2. When his office staff answers, tell them your name and what city you live in. Then say :
“I urge Speaker Corcoran to stand with Floridians — not Big Oil — and pass the ban fracking bill (House Bill 237).”
3. Forward this email to your friends and family in Florida and ask them to call too!
It’s clear where the majority of Floridians stand on this issue: 90 local measures against fracking have been passed across Florida, and the statewide ban fracking bills have bipartisan support from legislators across the state. It’s time for House Speaker Corcoran to stand with the rest of Florida and ensure the fracking ban is passed this year.
We’ve got one month left to pass a ban on fracking in Florida, so there’s no time to waste. Please call Speaker Corcoran today at 866-696-8249 and urge him to pass House Bill 237, the bill to ban fracking in Florida.
Thanks for taking action!
Food & Water Watch