Tell FDEP To Present Facts not Fracks
For months we have been telling lawmakers in Florida that constituents want their state to be Frack Free. Last month I joined hundreds of fracktivists at the state's capitol for a rally and meetings with State Assembly members. We talked to them about the dangers fracking poses to Florida's unique and vulnerable geology, to its drinking water and to its climate and economy.
Our hard work paid off this week when some of the State Senators not only listened, but took our concerns to heart and acted on them. And the best part is Senators from both political parties are seeing the light and making their voices heard. In addition to Sen. Darren Soto (D-Orlando), who has been leading the fight against fracking for months, Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) voted against the bill when it was considered in the Environmental Protection and Conservation Committee, which he chairs! And Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) recently tweeted, "fracking isn't the way #BanFracking #FrackisWack."
Now, one of the most powerful Senators in the state, Sen. Tom Lee (R-Brandon), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, just announced he won't allow the bill to be heard until the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) provides on-the-record testimony. In demanding testimony from the strangely silent FDEP Lee even said, "we want credible scientific responses to questions, not special interest responses." That's why we need to tell FDEP to do it's job and provide the Florida Senate with objective information, not Fracked-up Facts from Big Oil.
Help send them the message by sigining a petition to FDEP Secretary Jon Steverson.