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Contact: Jorge Aguilar, Food & Water Watch. 305 467 8755. jaguilar@fwwatch.org

December 2, 2015

Another State House Committee Moves Pro-Fracking Bill Forward
State Officials Vote to Ignore Wishes of Florida Association of Counties

Tallahassee, FL –  In a move against the concerns of the powerful Florida Association of Counties (FLAC), the members of the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee voted to pass a pro-fracking bill (HB 191) out of their committee today.  Last week the FLAC voted to oppose HB 191 because of severe restrictions in the bill that would limit the rights of municipalities to pass local protections against fracking and keep secret many of the toxic chemicals used in the drilling process.  The decision by FLAC came after 19 Florida counties and 37 cities, representing 45% of Florida’s population, have now passed resolutions supporting a ban on fracking.

Floridians Against Fracking, a coalition of over 30 environmental, health and social justice groups, again denounced HB 191 at the hearing for setting up a sham process for enacting regulations that would lay out the welcome mat for the fracking industry in the state.

Statements from Groups:

Jorge Aguilar, Florida Director, Food & Water Watch: “ Florida’s state officials continue to turn up their noses at local officials who have already have said a ban on fracking is what is best for their local communities. It’s high time that state officials recognize that fracking is too dangerous and too perilous for Florida.”

Juan Paz, Policy and Advocacy Director, ReThink Energy Florida: “Florida’s energy future should not be anchored any further to finite fossil fuels, but should instead focus on the responsible development of sustainable and renewable technologies. HB 191 introduced by Senator Rodrigues threatens both Florida’s much needed transition towards energy independence, and vital water resources that all Floridians rely upon.”

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Floridians Against Fracking is a coalition of over 30 environmental, health and social justice groups supporting a ban on fracking in Florida.
 


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Linda Young has been the executive director of the Clean Water Network of Florida since 1994. From 1989 to 1997, she founded and published a monthly statewide environmental newspaper. Over the past twenty three years, she has co-founded some of the most long-lasting and effective environmental organizations in the Southeast, including the Gulf Restoration Network, Gulf Coast Environmental Defense and C.A.T.E. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Southern Oregon University and a M.A. in Political Science/Campaign Management from the University of West Florida.



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