Washington, D.C. – This morning Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) announced that he was initiating the process of banning hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the state. His announcement confirmed his intention to ban fracking in Florida, which he clearly stated during his campaign for governor last year. In response, Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter issued the following statement:
“We applaud Governor DeSantis’s decision to ban fracking in Florida, thereby prioritizing the health and safety of Floridians over corporate polluter profits. Fracking is an inherently dangerous process that threatens drinking water safety and human health wherever it occurs, and it is a non-starter for anyone serious about addressing climate change.
“Governor DeSantis’s decision follows on the heels of another Republican governor’s decision to ban fracking, when Gov. Larry Hogan did so in Maryland in 2017. DeSantis and Hogan, along with Governor Cuomo’s ban on fracking in New York, exemplify the fact that common-sense environmental protections need not be a partisan issue. As the Trump administration and even many Democratic governors continue to double-down on oil and gas fracking, it is more important than ever that local and state leaders of both parties do all in their power to halt the fossil fuel extraction destroying our climate and poisoning our air and water.
“New Democratic Governors Gavin Newsom (California), Jared Polis (Colorado), and incoming governor J.B. Pritzker (Illinois) should likewise move immediately to ban fracking in their states. Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania continues to fail his constituents and future generations by allowing fracking and dangerous pipeline buildouts that serve to lock in decades more of fossil fuel development.
“No one can talk about a Green New Deal while simultaneously supporting policies that include more drilling and fracking in their state.”
Contact: Seth Gladstone - sgladstone[at]fwwatch[dot]org, 917.363.6615