Anti-Fracking Movement in Florida Makes Huge Gains
Jorge Aguilar, of Food and Water Water Watch, has just issued the following press release:
October 28, 2015
Contact: Jorge Aguilar, Food & Water Watch.
305 467 8755.
Floridians Against Fracking Celebrate 50th & 51st Anti-Fracking Resolution in Florida
Denounce Pro-Fracking Bill Scheduled To Be Heard In Capitol Next Week
Tallahassee, FL – Yesterday, the Palm Beach County and Jackson County Commissions announced the 50th and 51st municipal resolutions in Florida supporting a ban on fracking, a significant milestone in the growing grassroots movement to ban fracking in the state. Anti-fracking resolutions have now passed in counties and cities representing close to 8 million Florida residents and 43% of Florida’s population.
The resolutions are a result of growing opposition against dangerous new forms of unconventional drilling that could become a reality in Florida if state legislators vote to pass two pro-fracking bills next session. The two bills, HB 191 and SB 318, not only set up a process for regulating fracking but are also seeking to prohibit municipal bans like the 51 resolutions that have already passed. HB 191 is scheduled to have its first hearing next Tuesday, November 3rd.
The Floridians Against Fracking, a coalition of 35 environmental, health and social justice groups, has been working with concerned citizens and local community groups to pass local resolutions to support SB 166, a bill that would prohibit fracking in the state of Florida altogether.
Statements from Groups:
Mary Gutierrez, Executive Director of Earth Ethics,
“The passing of 51 resolutions says a lot about our local governments and the people they represent; we no longer want to maintain the status quo. As individuals, communities, and a state, we are taking action to protect our land, water, and air now and for future generations. We will no longer put ours and our children’s health in danger. It’s time to ban fracking!”
Kim Ross, President of ReThink Energy Florida :
“There is more work to do to pass a statewide ban on fracking. But the fact that there is so much grassroots support, on both sides of the aisle, shows the movement for a statewide ban will be successful.”
Jorge Aguilar, Florida Director of Food & Water Watch“It is outrageous that state legislators want to allow fracking to come into Florida at a time when more an more local communities are taking a firm stand against extreme forms of drilling. State legislators should listen to the people and vote down HB 191 when it comes up next week.”