We’re in the final stages of the fracking debate in the Florida Senate and the stakes are high. As early as this Thursday, the dangerous pro-fracking bill SB 318 could be voted on in the critical Senate Appropriations Committee. That is SB 318's final stop before going to the senate floor.
The Florida House has already passed a pro-fracking bill that would strip cities and counties’ legal authority to ban this dirty, dangerous, and environmentally destructive drilling in their communities. Proponents of this irresponsible legislation argue that SB 318 is about regulating fracking, but that’s not true. Remember, cities and counties currently have the authority to ban fracking, and dozens have already done so. This bill would eliminate all of those existing bans, and prevent communities from banning fracking in the future.
SB 318 has nothing to do with regulation and everything to do with trampling on the rights of local communities to protect their land and water.
The number of communities standing up against fracking grows every week. Most recently, Seminole County and the city of Palm Bay in Flagler County passed resolutions against fracking. Across the state, Floridians are making their voices heard and local governments are listening. Let’s make sure the Florida Legislature follows suit.
Thanks for all you do to protect the Florida we love for future generations.