The fracking bill by Senator Richtor of Naples has been filed.  Senate Bill 318 starts right out by stating that all existing counties or state ordinances or rules on oil and gas will be void. The preemption section, around line 84, defines that. This is the companion Bill to Rep. Ray Rodrigues’ very similar House Bill, which contains same provisions and harsh language removing Home Rule on all oil and gas related issues. If passed, these bad bills would remove the rights of local governments, our cities and counties, to ban fracking, set ordinances, or do zoning, protect local waters, our health. Counties’ hands would be tied on all issues related to exploration, drilling, transportation of oil/gas, storage, contaminated radioactive wastewater, air and water pollution, etc.. It will ban all bans.  Our hope is to get enough County/City Bans and Ordinances in place to send a strong statement to these two elected officials and our FL DEP that we want fracking banned in FL. With 35% or more of FL with Bans or Ordinances against fracking, we are well on our way thanks to YOU all!!

Here’s a link to the bill:  http://flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2016/0318

Gale Dickert
Madison Garden Club, Water & Wetlands Chair

 

 


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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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