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Senator Stewart, District 13 — Press Release


December 18, 2018

CONTACT: Dana Rutledge, 407-893-2422

Senator Linda Stewart Files Bill to Ban Fracking in Florida

Anticipates support from Governor-elect, who campaigned on environmental protections

TALLAHASSEE – State Senator Linda Stewart (D-Orlando) has filed legislation to permanently ban fracking in Florida.

“Fracking poses a dangerous threat to our environment, especially here in Florida,” said Senator Stewart, a leading advocate for protecting Florida’s natural resources. “The fracking process involves a host of toxic chemicals injected in the extraction process which could contaminate the fresh water supply for millions of people and our wildlife. It’s just not worth the risks.”

SB 146 is the latest effort to ban the highly controversial energy extraction method. Despite more than 90 such bans filed by local governments throughout the state, and bi-partisan support in both chambers of the legislature, previous legislative measures have fallen short of garnering a hearing or mustering the necessary votes for passage.

“This time may well be the charm,” Senator Stewart said. “We’re about to inaugurate a governor whose environmental platform included a ban on fracking. We intend to hold Governor-elect Ron DeSantis to that promise, and I’m sure he’ll be supportive of this good bill.”

Senator Stewart’s legislation, which has been filed for the upcoming legislative session, would not only ban fracking in future wells, but would prohibit the extraction process in wells already permitted for drilling or operation.

If successful, the measure would take effect immediately.