What is fracking?
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as "fracking," involves drilling deep into the ground and injecting a high-pressure mixture composed of water, sand, and chemicals into the well in order to fracture the surrounding rock. The internal pressure of the geological formation causes all the fluids to rise to the surface, including both the fracturing fluids as well as the released gas and oil. This 'flowback water' is stored in tanks or pits prior to disposal or recycling.
Also of concern is acidic fracturing and matrix acidizing, which use similar toxic materials to dissolve the rock formation and release the gas and oil. Because of their similarities, we consider all types of fracking, and definitely a concern for Floridians.
Why should I care?
There are a number of negative consequences associated with fracking, although they are especially cause for concern in the state of Florida. We have very diverse and unique ecosystems that are at risk of being severely impacted by the process of fracking.
Florida is home to a number of sensitive ecosystems; the consequences involved in fracking would devastate our environment.
Fracking and other unconventional oil and gas extraction methods pose serious health and environmental risks to the state of Florida, including large portions of the Florida Everglades. It has already happened in Florida at least once, but there is a large and dedicated group of people who want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again, and we need your help too!
How is ReThink involved?
The Floridians Against Fracking coalition, which includes members from a wide range of environmental, health, social justice and business groups, successfully defeated a bill for the past 4 years that would have allowed:
1) fracking operations to really expand in Florida
2) fracking chemicals to be kept a secret from the general public
3) local communities to be prohibited from enacting protections to keep fracking out
In January 2017, ReThink Energy Executive Director, Kim Ross spoke out at the Leon County Legislative Delegation meeting on legislative actions that can be taken right now to ban fracking in Florida for good.
But the fight will not be over until we have an all-out ban on fracking in Florida, and that's where you come in! We are building a network of communities who are adopting resolutions supporting a ban on fracking or ordinances to keep fracking out of their counties. We are also working to ensure that these resolutions help with our campaign to pass a state bill to ban fracking in 2018. Almost 90 resolutions and ordinances have already passed across the state.