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Editorial: the Water Is Under All of Us OR, Reasons We Must Educate–

This points out once again the need for education among the citizens and especially for any leaders who make water rulings.  Unfortunately, we see people in power who make decisions on water use but lift not a finger to learn about our water, our springs, our aquifer, our rivers.  Example below being Commissioner Jeff Kinnard who puts it on a political framework and ignores completely any facts or information about water sources.

Incredibly, (or perhaps typically), Kinnard also is a committee member of:  Hernando/Citrus Metropolitan Planning Organization,  Keep Citrus County Beautiful and  the Withlacoochee Regional Water Supply Authority, and past President Citrus County Coastal Conservation Association.

Read the original article here in the Citrus County Chronicle.

 

Editorial: The water is under all of us

July 22, 2021

CONSERVATION MATTERS

THE ISSUE: County mulls water rules.

OUR OPINION: Watering restriction exemption plea shortsighted.

With 1,000 new residents daily, Florida’s ballooning population will exceed the continent of Australia by 2026. Coupled with well over 100 million visitors annually, the demands on our steadily shrinking water resources make a culture of conservation essential to the state’s future water supply.

Nonetheless, some property owners in the Citrus Hills community of Terra Vista apparently think otherwise.

Understandably taking pride in the appearance of their community and protective of the investment in their lush, green lawns, some Terra Vista residents recently pleaded for the county commission to lift the county’s year-round, once-a-week watering restriction for their community.

Arguing that the Terra Vista developer encourages maintained lawns by providing irrigation-only wells to property owners, the community’s spokespersons asked the commissioners to exempt Terra Vista’s irrigation wells from the county’s watering restriction.

Regrettably, their shortsighted plea struck a sympathetic note with county commissioners Jeff Kinnard and Holly Davis. Both indicated they would favor exemptions for communities that receive their irrigation water from a separate permitted well system with Kinnard noting, “It does not look like we have a water-use problem. We have a permit issue.”

Water conservation is the principal means by which the water management districts accomplish their missions of public water supply and sustainment of water dependent ecosystems with its most important tool the daily gallons per capita per day permitted for counties and municipalities.

In this regard, nowhere does water conservation make a greater difference than reducing the amount of lawn watering. With the average household irrigation system using more than 3,500 gallons of water per complete cycle, lawn watering twice a week is a hefty 28,000 gallons of water per month.  As such, lawn watering typically accounts for 50% of the water consumed by Florida households.

Given the enormous demand of lawn watering on our finite public water supply and its harmful impact on our complex ecosystems that are dependent on freshwater to clean pollutants and a certain water level to function, exempting Terra Vista’s irrigation wells from the county’s water use restriction would be tantamount to shooting ourselves in the foot.

Foremost, it would be a step backward from the culture of conservation that has been nurtured for decades to effectively slow increases in freshwater withdrawals.   

Secondly, it would give the appearance of selective enforcement and, as acknowledged by Commissioners Scott Carnahan and Ronald Kitchen Jr., likely raise a hue and cry for exemption from individual homeowners who have permitted irrigation wells.

Although Citrus County is surrounded by natural waterways, the amount of water under us is directly related to the use of water for lawns.  Thus, unrestricted lawn watering, whether from a private irrigation well or public utility is a luxury, not a necessity.

County commissioners, therefore, are urged to reinforce the message that conservation matters by addressing demand as the root cause of water overuse — not the protestations of a few who only see green lawns and not the water under all of us.




Polluters or people?–

Photo from 1972, public domain.

DeSantis has failed just about every environmental test during his term in Tallahassee so we do not see much hope for this important issue.  It is but one more stomping on home rule by a Tallahassee bent on pre-empting local autonomy.   Florida is fast on it way to lose its home rule status.

The Tampa Bay Times has not provided a link to this article.

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Polluters or people?

Shielded by the media focus on President Joe Biden’s Earth Week announcements, the Florida Legislature fast-tracked bills this week to preempt local energy regulation in the Sunshine State. The suite of legislation represents the most aggressive move in the country to curtail the transition away from fossil fuels. From Texas to Indiana, Georgia to Kansas, legislatures have struck down the right of local communities to regulate their own energy affairs. But in Florida, the bills go much further.

Handwritten by oil and gas industry interests, SB 1128/HB 919, SB 856/HB 839 and SB 896/HB 539 will shortly head to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ desk for his signature or veto. In a legislative session like no other, dominated by the suppression of open, democratic oversight, Florida’s Legislature has prioritized a slew of extreme right-wing legislation this year — from criminalizing First Amendment rights to voiding constituent-driven efforts to move off fossil fuels.

The governor now has a choice: Will he block these fossil fuel industry-backed schemes to thwart local control, or will he side with the interests of the people?

Environmental voters helped Gov. DeSantis rise to political prominence; his 2019 campaign promise to ban fracking drew attention from voters united against the destructive practice. Yet since taking office he has failed to act on this pledge, or take any meaningful action against fossil fuel development in the state. Earlier this year Gov. DeSantis called for a $1 billion investment in climate resilience projects. While critically important to protect Florida’s communities from sea level rise, environmental voters know that true “resiliency” involves curtailing the use of fossil fuels before it’s too late. To uphold his commitments to environmental voters, the governor must veto the disastrous suite of preemption bills before him.

Meanwhile, the Florida Republican Party has raked in millions of dollars from dirty energy interests including Florida Power & Light, Duke and TECO. TECO alone employs a third of the lobbyists registered to SB 1128. It’s no surprise the party continues to carry water for the industry. The suite of energy preemption legislation moving to DeSantis’ desk are the most extreme of a batch of industry-written bills that have been introduced in 14 states this year.

Hamstringing local control on everything from EV (electric vehicle) charger station-siting to any local government action to restrict or prohibit sources of energy production, Florida’s bills also explicitly attack citizen-driven energy policies that have already taken effect in cities and on campuses around the state. Amendments introduced in recent weeks added specific language that would void any existing documents and policies preempted by the act, making them the most restrictive in the nation.

One bill in the suite aims to change the state’s definition of renewable energy to also include landfill gas and factory farm biogas. Using every opportunity to chip away at local control, late amendments to this bill would take away local governments abilities to decide if and where to site large scale solar projects. Such a law would expose frontline communities to exploitation from utility projects by out-of-state corporate actors that look for the cheapest land in the communities that have limited resources to resist.

In the face of impending climate disaster, 11 of Florida’s cities and five of our state university student governments have passed 100 percent clean energy resolutions. Tampa Bay cities like St. Petersburg, Dunedin, and Largo are on the forefront of fighting climate change, with renewable energy resolutions that respond to constituent demands to move off fossil fuels. Should the governor sign these bills, most of these policies will be completely void.

Where the state Legislature has not acted, local governments have stepped in. Gov. DeSantis knows the crisis Florida faces if we lock our state into more decades of fossil fuel industry profit-grubbing. Emptying local governments’ toolbox to act will only serve to solidify that future.

The fate of these preemption bills and indeed Florida’s renewable energy future now sit with the governor. What will it be? Polluters or people?

Brooke Errett is the Florida senior organizer with Food & Water Watch, mobilizing people to build solutions to pressing food, water and climate problems of our time. She can be reached at [email protected]

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DEP Letter to Chemours Listing Violations

The following letter is self-explanatory.  We see that Chemours runs a very loose and sloppy ship.

Remember, they are messing with  our drinking water and our life-sustaining planet and they are careless.  What they care about is money.

Comments by OSFR historian Jim Tatum.
-A river is like a life: once taken, it cannot be brought back-





30 Seconds of Your Time– Call: 866-696- 8249. Speaker Corcoran, Please Support HB 237

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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!

Michelle Allen

Michelle Allen
Florida Organizer
Food & Water Watch
mallen(at)fwwatch(dot)org




PLEASE MAKE TWO PHONE CALLS

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Sen. Charlie Dean

A critical moment has arrived in the course of the new legislative session in Tallahassee.  We must get the two ban fracking bills  introduced into the session.  These are HB19 in the House and SB166 in the Senate.

The key person to introduce the Senate bill is Senator Charlie Dean.  Please call Sen. Dean at 1-866-583-2908 and urge him to introduce SB166 to ban fracking.

The key person to introduce the House bill is House Speaker Steve Crisafulli.  Please call Rep. Crisafulli at 1-888-793-4597 and urge him to introduce HB19 to ban fracking.

Steve Crisafulli,
Rep. Crisafulli

There is already a pro-fracking bill going through the House.  We must get the ban fracking bills introduced.  The Florida Anti-Fracking Coalition has patiently and persistently visited counties and municipalities throughout Florida, and as of this writing we have over 42 per cent of the population in areas that have banned fracking.

Please take just a few minutes and make these calls.

Thanks very much.

 




33 and Counting Fast! Teleconference Call

 

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Dear friends and coalition partners,

I wanted to send you a quick update about the anti-fracking campaign and tell you about some upcoming events.

We’re excited to say that we are up to 33 municipal resolutions against fracking! On Thursday,, Escambia County passed a county resolution that was a major victory since it is a county that has conventional drilling in then past that could easily turn into fracking.

You can see a list of the resolutions below, but note, about 7 resolutions from the past week are still not up yet, but we’re trying to update this as quickly as possible:

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/anti-fracking-map/local-action-documents/#florida

We are also proud to announce that Oscar nominated director Josh Fox will be joining us on a teleconference call next Tuesday, Aug. 25 at 7p to talk to us about all he’s learned about fracking from his documentaries and how other communities have defeated the oil and gas industry in places like New York and Maryland. The call in number is 866 906 7447 and code 573 5307#. Please share this event page with your members, friends, and family:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1616537195287045/

We’re also hoping to have a call with all of our partners the week after that to discuss next steps and how best to use this momentum to move the state bill to ban fracking…so we’ll keep you posted!

Jorge Aguilar

PS: follow the Floridians Against Fracking on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FLNoFrack
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Jorge Aguilar
Food & Water Watch




Fracking Banned In New York, We Must Ban In Florida Also


Huge victory in New York! It’s official: The state of New York banned fracking!
This victory is because of the years of education, mobilization and advocacy work to build the political power for holding Governor Cuomo accountable to the people, not the Oil and Gas industry. New Yorkers Against Fracking, a coalition founded by Food & Water Watch, and the strong network of allies and grassroots advocates are directly responsible for this victory.After advocates demanded that the health effects of fracking be studied, a two year investigation by the state’s own commission confirmed what the movement has been saying all along, that fracking cannot be done safely.Acting Commissioner of Health for New York State Howard Zucker even said he would not let his family live in an area that has fracking.

Food & Water Watch was the first national group to call for a ban on fracking in the U.S., and this is proof that when you fight for what you want, you can win. Thank you for everything you have done to contribute to this victory. We will take this victory and the example that New York has set to the rest of the country to make sure that families in every state are protected from fracking.

Can you chip in to help us fight in more states to protect more families from fracking?

Wenonah Hauter
Executive Director
Food & Water Watch
wenonah(at)fwwatch(dot)org




Pink Fracking Is OK? What!!??

 

 

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Global Frackdown Today Oct. 11 2014 JOIN!

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Ban Fracking Rally Oct. 11 2014

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Saturday, October 11: Global Frackdown

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Together, We Can Protect Our Communities and Ban Fracking Now!
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One week from today, people around the world will join together for the Global Frackdown to fight back against big oil and gas and call on their local officials to ban fracking.
Join the movement and sign up for a Global Frackdown event near you.

When Food & Water Watch initiated the Global Frackdown three years ago, we weren’t sure what to expect or what the response would be. But when the Global Frackdown was cited months later in an industry analysis of the anti-fracking movement as an example of our collaboration and growing activity, we knew we were on to something. The power of our movement is growing and we’re just getting started.

More and more people are fighting back against an industry that spends millions of dollars on slick PR campaigns and high-profile lobbying efforts to buy the ability to frack our communities with as little government oversight as possible, all while destroying our air, water, resources and our climate.

When we fight back, we can win. Our movement continues to grow, and on Saturday, October 11, I hope you’ll stand with us to say no to fracking!
This movement is truly inspiring. More than 400 communities have passed measures against fracking in the U.S., Maryland and New York have kept fracking out of their states entirely, and a number of countries, like France and Bulgaria, have done the same. The entire conversation around fracking has drastically changed in a number of years. Now, MSNBC is even calling it the “sleeper issue” of the 2016 elections.¹

But our work is not over! As the oil and gas industry ramps up its public relations offensive, it is critical that our elected officials hear the concerns of their constituents. Fracking is an inherently dangerous practice that has far-reaching effects. Shale gas is not a bridge fuel to a low-carbon economy, it is a bridge to environmental destruction and a climate disaster.

We need you with us so we can stand together to send a clear message to our elected officials: we demand a future powered by clean, renewable energy, not one that depends on dirty, polluting fossil fuels.
Take a stand against fracking and sign up to join a Global Frackdown event on Saturday, October 11.

Together,
Miranda Carter
National Online Campaign ManagerFood & Water Watch
act(at)fwwatch(dot)org

P.S. Can’t find an event near you? There’s still time to join the action. Sign up to plan your own and we’ll be in touch with everything you need!
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Tell Gov. Scott To Ban Fracking In Florida

 

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Tell Governor Scott to Protect Florida Residents
Call for a Statewide Ban on Fracking!

Gov. Scott:    Stand Up for Florida!

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Ban Fracking in Florida!

 This summer’s shutdown of an illegal fracking operation in the Everglades was a huge victory. But it’s also made us realize that Florida is truly on the front lines of future fracking, and we need to be doing more to protect our state from this dangerous drilling method that could poison our drinking water.

 Tell Gov. Scott, we will not stand for fracking in Florida!

Right now, other oil companies are rushing to lease land and set up drilling operations on 330,000 acres across the Everglades. Usually, complex problems call for complex answers; however, in this case, there is one person who can simply put a stop to all future fracking: Governor Rick Scott.

Fracking is now a statewide issue. Land in South Florida is being mapped out for drilling, wastewater from illegally fracked wells has been carelessly dumped in Miami-Dade County, and out-of-state frackers have plans to ruthlessly bulldoze an underground pipeline right through the middle of North Central Florida’s natural springs. We CANNOT continue this devastation!

As a leader of our state, Governor Scott should work to protect the people and places he represents. He should not cater to the corporate entities that plunder the natural resources of Florida, leaving residents to clean up the mess. Tell Governor Scott: issue a ban on fracking today!

Thanks for taking action,

Vickie Machado
Florida Organizer
Food & Water Watch
vmachado(at)fwwatch(dot)org

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Sign the Petition Against Fracking

src=”http://action.foodandwaterwatch.org//>Fracking is the process of injecting a massive volume of water, sand, and chemicals underground at high pressure to break up a rock formation, allowing oil or gas to flow up the well.

Fracking threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, the communities we love and the climate on which we depend.

Please sign the petition below.  We’ll be delivering these signatures to your elected officials.

Learn more about fracking

Fracking involves the injection of millions of gallons of “frack fluid” into dense shale rock in order to crack the rock and release oil or natural gas. Frack fluid contains any combination of up to nearly 600 chemicals along with millions of gallons of water and sand. People who live in areas where fracking occurs experience contaminated water, reduced property value, increased truck traffic, loud noise, explosions and even illness.

You can find reports and fact sheets on our site: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/