Florida Fracturing Ban Becomes Bipartisan Goal for 2017
A bipartisan group of state lawmakers called for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing on 24 January, adding the heft of members of the Republican majority to what has been a years-long goal of South Florida Democrats.
State Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, filed a bill on 23 January that would ban the practice in Florida, and state Rep. Mike Miller, R-Orlando, is set to file similar legislation in the House.
“This bill is concise and straightforward. It bans fracking of all types in Florida,” Young said at a news conference in Tallahassee.
Young’s bill would ban all sorts of well-stimulation treatments. That includes hydraulic fracturing as well as less-well-known but similar practices such as acid treatments, in which chemicals are sent underground to dissolve rock and allow easier access to oil and natural gas.
In South Florida, Miami-Dade and Broward counties banned fracturing last year, while Palm Beach County came out in support of a statewide ban.