Here’s what both of these bad bills would do:
HB 1205/SB 1468 would pave the way for further fracking in Florida by creating a narrow set of regulations. This bill would also ban local governments from trying to either regulate or ban fracking on their own.
HB 1209/SB 1582 would prevent Floridians from knowing what kind of chemicals are being used in the fracking process by creating a public records exemption.
The reality is fracking is already a dirty, dangerous, and wasteful process that harms our water. Furthermore, allowing this practice in Florida’s sensitive karst geology would potentially cause enormous problems for our drinking water. Our legislators need to understand that without clean water, little else matters.
Florida is the Sunshine State, and we should be working to set strong renewable energy standards and invest in the future. Oil and gas drilling represent a polluted past that we should be quickly moving away from. With the threat of climate change already upon us, now is the time to change direction.