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.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.