Florida Senate - 2016 SB 166 By Senator Soto 14-00189A-16 2016166__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to oil and natural gas production or 3 recovery; creating s. 377.375, F.S.; defining the 4 terms “hydraulic fracturing” and “well stimulation 5 treatment”; prohibiting a person from engaging in 6 hydraulic fracturing or performing well stimulation 7 treatments in this state or the waters adjacent to 8 this state; prohibiting a person from disposing of 9 related materials and byproducts of hydraulic 10 fracturing or well stimulation treatments; providing 11 an effective date. 12 13 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 14 15 Section 1. Section 377.375, Florida Statutes, is created to 16 read: 17 377.375 Oil and gas production or recovery; certain methods 18 prohibited.— 19 (1) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this section, the term: 20 (a) “Hydraulic fracturing” means the process of pumping a 21 fluid into or under the surface of the ground in order to create 22 fractures in rock for the purpose of producing or recovering oil 23 or natural gas. 24 (b) “Well stimulation treatment” means any treatment of a 25 well designed to enhance oil and natural gas production or 26 recovery by increasing the permeability of the formation or the 27 flow of fluid through the well, including, but not limited to, 28 hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, and acid matrix 29 stimulation. 30 (2) PROHIBITIONS.—A person may not engage in: 31 (a) Hydraulic fracturing or perform well stimulation 32 treatments for the exploration or production of oil or natural 33 gas within the state or in the waters adjacent to the state. 34 (b) The disposal of related materials and byproducts of 35 hydraulic fracturing or well stimulation. 36 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2016.