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Lately fracking has become a real threat in the state of Florida, yet another danger to our beleaguered and damaged aquifer which is continuously subjected to contamination, depletion and pollution by takers whose greed seems to know no limits.
Thanks to Our Santa Fe River, Inc. President Merrillee Malwitz-Jipson for posting this happy article by Frank Torres in the Orlando Political Observer, published Nov. 22, 2014. Mr. Torres’ article can be seen at this link, or continue reading here:
Soto to introduce Statewide Ban on Fracking next session
November 22, 2014
State Senator Darren Soto announced this week that he will to introduce legislation that would place a statewide ban on Fracking in Florida.
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside. While the process is becoming more popular in rural areas of the United States, there have been numerous cases where the chemicals used in the process have contaminated waters sources, harmed wildlife, and permanently damaged the land where the drilling has taken place.
OPO spoke to Soto about his legislation, that will be co-sponsored by Dwight Bullard (D-Cutler Bay)…
“This legislation is inspired by the fact that Fracking could be very dangerous to our water supply, with us getting the majority of our water from the Florida aquifer, and the simple fact that tourism and drilling don’t mix, we already had that major oil spill with BP. Senator Bullard and I will be filing a bill to open the debate on banning Fracking in the state. I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Senators, we have an environmental edge in Florida and this is going to be important to protecting that, in the future of this state.”
Soto also says he’ll be pushing to raise Teacher pay next session, and unveiling a plan to foster emerging industries in areas such as solar energy, simulation, and bio-tech