“The time has finally come to end this dangerous practice,” Sen. Gary Farmer (D-Ft. Lauderdale).
Advocacy Day took Tallahassee by storm and overwhelmed it! Hundreds of advocates met March 22, 2017 at 10 am for an inspirational gathering at Waller Park, where they were treated to fracking songs by Emmett Carlisle and short speeches by sponsors and pro ban-fracking legislators Dana Young, Jack Latvala Gary Farmer, and others, all ably moderated by ReThink Energy President Kim Ross.
Immediately after the press conference, huge numbers of advocates swarmed throughout the Capitol building and hunted down their own legislators as well as many from other districts. They came well prepared and made their concerns quickly and thoroughly known to whomever they could catch in the respective offices, be it Senators, Representatives, aides or interns. The bills discussed were those regarding ban-fracking, renewable energy, clean water, water/fracking preemptions of home rule, and utility/ratepayer investments in gas reserves. And even though there are no bills pending, we did not forget Sabal Trail and the phosphate mine.
Lunch was served for all advocates, and many groups contributed to this event, including ReThink Energy Florida, Food & Water Watch, Sierra Club, Environment Florida, Floridians Against Fracking, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Organize Florida and Florida Conservation Voters.
OSFR board members Cindy Noel, Mike Roth Jane, Joanne, David, Billie Jo
Jill McGuire Gale Dickert Emmet Carlisle Jane Blais
Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-