OSFR had a busy day on Tuesday with trips to three different venues for Legislative delegation meetings to represent our organization before our lawmakers. First in order was Lafayette County in Mayo with Policy Director Merrillee Malwitz Jipson who spoke to Senator Charlie Dean and Representative Halsey Beshears of concerns about fracking, springs and rivers, Sabal Trail and sustainable solar power.
She was joined in Cross City by the OSFR historian, where both spoke to Senator Dean and Representative Keith Perry. Since the audience was composed largely of elected county officials, this was an excellent opportunity not only to request favorable legislation from the lawmakers, but also provide information to an audience in some position of influence who likely had little knowledge of fracking and its dangers. It was noted that while Merrillee was speaking, a lady in the audience Googled “fracking” on her smart phone and was reading about it.
After the Cross City meeting, it was on to Trenton in Gilchrist County to repeat the process. Again, both OSFR members went on the record to request Dean and Perry’s support for SB 166 recently filed by Senators Soto and Bullard, which calls for a state-wide ban on fracking, and to request that they oppose any legislation which purports to regulate fracking but which actually legitimizes it.