Florida Legislators: Oppose Pro-Fracking Bill HB 191

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The oil and gas industry is still trying to frack in Florida. A key Florida House committee is hearing the pro-fracking bill this week.

House Bill 191 would green light fracking and run roughshod over community opposition, meaning that many areas around Florida could be fracked, including the Florida Everglades.

Fracking is inherently unsafe and no amount of regulation (like this bill intends to enact) will ensure the safety of our precious state. Only a statewide ban on fracking will do that.

Please tell your Florida state legislators to vote "NO" on HB 191!

Learn more about fracking

Fracking and other unconventional methods of extracting oil and natural gas come with intensive drilling and mining, massive amounts of toxic waste, air pollution and pervasive infrastructure that threatens our essential food and water resources.

To frack a well, operators mix millions of gallons of water with tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals, including some known to cause cancer, and then pump it all into the earth at extreme pressure to try to break up rock formations so oil and natural gas might flow.

Drilling and fracking:

  • require millions of gallons of water for each well, competing with farmers for local water supplies.
  • produce massive amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste with no good disposal options.
  • contaminate sources of drinking water as a result of disposal problems and the thousands of leaks and spills every year.
  • can lead houses and water wells to explode, due to contamination from methane and other harmful gases.
  • bring untold costs to local communities, from declines in agriculture, real estate and tourism to road damage, public health problems and increased demand for social services.
You can find more information in our reports and fact sheets on our site: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/fracking/

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Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you again to vote "no" on HB 191. In order to protect our health, our environment and our economy, we need a statewide ban on fracking.

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