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Tell Your Representatives to Immediately Schedule the Fracking Ban Bill

Thank you for taking the time to send your message to the Florida Senate in support of the fracking ban bills. We need your help again, this time with the Florida House of Representatives!

Please tell Speaker Richard Corcoran and Representative Ben Albritton that the people of Florida want to see fracking banned and demand that House Bill 237 be scheduled for committee hearing as soon as possible. HB 237 would ban all forms of extreme well stimulation treatments, commonly known as fracking.

These bills are needed to protect our most valued resource: our water. Not only can fracking threaten the integrity of our water quality, but these stimulation treatments waste substantial amounts of our precious freshwater supplies. Well stimulation treatments use high volumes of freshwater mixed with toxic chemicals. Any water that returns to the surface after the well stimulation treatments includes trace radioactive elements and briny saltwater from underground. The water cannot be reused to replenish groundwater resources, which is the source of drinking water for over 90% of Floridians.

In the last Legislative Session, these important bills garnered broad support -from both sides of the aisle- with nearly 50 sponsors in the House and Senate. Unfortunately, House leadership stifled the fracking ban from moving through the process and it ultimately died without a single committee hearing in the House.

Please tell both Speaker Corcoran, the leader of the House, and Rep. Albritton, the chair of the first House committee, that HB 237 deserves a fair hearing and ask them to allow this bill to be heard as soon as possible.

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Dear House Speaker Corcoran and Representative Albritton,

I am writing to express my strong support for HB 237, the Advanced Well Stimulation Treatment bill. This proposed legislation calls for the statewide ban of well stimulation treatments, commonly known as fracking.

This bill has broad support from both Republicans and Democrats, and has strong support from Floridians with over 90 municipalities in Florida having passed local resolutions or ordinances in support of a fracking ban. This represents over half of the state’s population!

I urge you to reflect the interest of a majority of Floridians who oppose fracking in the state of Florida. Allow for this bill to be heard.
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Not only can fracking threaten the integrity of our water quality, but these well stimulation treatments waste substantial amounts of our precious freshwater supplies.
Well stimulation treatments use high volumes of freshwater mixed with toxic chemicals. Any water that returns to the surface after the well stimulation treatments includes trace radioactive elements and briny saltwater from underground. The water cannot be reused to replenish groundwater resources, which is the source of drinking water for over 90% of Floridians.
Well stimulation treatments pose risks in Florida’s unique geology. These treatments change the underground geology for the purposes of oil and gas extraction, and can extend hundreds of feet from the wellbore into the surrounding rock formation.
The juice is not worth the squeeze in Florida. South Florida’s oil resources are of poor quality. Further, Florida only has about 1/10 of 1% of U.S. oil reserves.
The proposed legislation would ban risky well stimulation treatments, but would not infringe on mineral rights owners continuing to utilize conventional methods, alleviating concerns about legal takings.
About 1.4 million jobs are supported by tourism in Florida, and loss in water quantity and quality can negatively impact the state’s economy. The Water 2070 Report states that Florida’s water supplies will already be in question by development and other uses. Loss of freshwater to industrial uses like fracking would additionally constrain water supplies.
We cannot afford to jeopardize the quality and availability of our water resources for a one-time industrial use that benefits so few.
Even communities where oil resources are not present can still be impacted by fracking. For example, hundreds of barrels of toxic wastewater from Collier County had been transported through the Everglades and was questionably disposed of in the Miami area, posing risks to large portions of Florida through just one well where well stimulation treatments were utilized.
Over 90 municipalities in Florida –representing over half of the state’s population- have passed local resolutions or ordinances in support of a fracking ban.
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As an issue of importance to Floridians, this bill deserves a fair hearing. I ask that you immediately schedule HB 237 in its committees of reference.

Thank you for your service to the state of Florida and for considering this request.
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