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Ban Fracking in Florida Statewide

The Santa Fe River is a 75 mile designated “Outstanding Florida Waterway” that stretches from the interior of North Florida at Lake Santa Fe, flows westerly to the Suwannee River and includes the Ichetucknee River as one of its major tributaries .

As a result of the Santa Fe River being severely impacted by a potential new 36″ gas transmission pipeline being designed by Sabal Trail, contracted by FPL and Spectra Energy, to be buried directly through the Florida Springs Heartland and several major waterways/springsheds in our state, we got organized with other groups and citizens in the State of Florida and the world to ban fracking for fossil fuels, such as gas and oil.

Ban Fracking in Florida Statewide
Make plans to attend or make comments at county BOCC meetings coming up:

Alachua County

A Resolution to Ban Fracking
To be heard and voted on: Alachua County BOCC meeting
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 9 am
Jack Durrance Auditorium
2nd Floor, Room 209
12 SE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL

Please attend or write comments to:

Governmental Units
County Attorney
8. Resolution to Support a Statewide Ban on Fracturing (Amended)
Amount: N/A
Recommended Action: Approve a resolution supporting a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing and well stimulation treatments performed for the purposes of exploration or production of oil or natural gas within the State of Florida and supporting proposed bans currently being considered in the Florida Legislature.
Attachment: SB166.pdf
Attachment: HB169.pdf
Attachment: Resolution Supporting Fracking Ban FINAL.pdf

Union County

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, President of Our Santa Fe River requests Union County to sign a resolution to support a statewide ban of fracking
Monday, February 16, 6 pm
Union County Board of County Commissioners
15 NE 1st Street, Lake Butler, FL 32054
(386) 496-4241
make comments here:  direct them to BOCC:


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Gilchrist County

Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson, President of Our Santa Fe River requests Gilchrist County to sign a resolution to support a statewide ban on fracking
Thursday, February 19, 4 pm
County Commission Chambers
210 S.Main Street
Trenton, FL
make comments here:  direct them to BOCC:,

Bradford County

(requested, not confirmed, as of today)
Monday, March 2, at 9:30 am
boardroom located in the north wing of the County Courthouse
945 North Temple Ave.
Starke, FL
make comments here:  direct them to BOCC:

Baker County

request to be heard on the Agenda
55 North 3rd Street
Macclenny, Florida 32063
Phone: 904.259.3613
make comments here:  direct to BOCC:

Suwannee County

At the last, February 3,  BOCC meeting the Suwannee County elected board members had an impromptu discussion about the request OSFR had put forward to them; we requested through email and phone call to be on their agenda too.  All 5 Commissioners said they did not want to hear about this in their chambers.  We were not present to discuss.
OSFR is still working with members of the Suwannee County community to be heard in their forum.
As of today, no one from the Suwannee County staff has contacted us about our request personally: acceptance or denial.
send comments here:  direct them to BOCC:

Columbia County

January 15, 2015, OSFR presented a powerpoint and discussion.  The BOCC voted to have their County Attorney to look into drafting a resolution and/or ordinance.
At the last BOCC we attended, February 5, 2015, there was feedback from 1 community member asking the board to not consider the resolution, ordinance or any ban on fracking.
Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson was present and encouraged the board to continue to seek a ban on fracking.
It is important that this county hear from you now.
Send comments to Penny Stanley: direct them to BOCC:

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