Tallahassee, FL— Moments ago, Senate Agriculture committee members passed a bill 3-2 after hearing hours of testimony from anti-fracking advocates who say the bill doesn’t go far enough in banning all forms of fracking.
“By refusing to close the big loophole in SPB 7064, senators would still allow the oil and gas industry to use the dangerous form of fracking called matrix acidizing in the state of Florida. Although the bill added new amendments to protect the Everglades and ban the use of injection wells to dispose of fracking waste, it does not deal with the central question of matrix acidizing.
“Anti-fracking advocates have been sounding the alarm for weeks that the bill lacks provisions to address the common fracking techniques, known as matrix acidizing, that uses acids to dissolve rock formation and enhance oil production.
“It’s appalling that Senators have chosen to only focus on one type of fracking technique, instead of protecting Floridians and their water from all the known forms of fracking that could take place in Florida. Most tellingly, legislators continue to use the oil industry line that matrix acidizing is just a cleaning technique when it is clear toxic chemicals are used in this type of drilling for the purposes of reaching new pockets of oil.
“We are committed to ensuring that the bills in both the Senate and the House close this loophole and ultimately ban all forms of fracking, including matrix acidizing.”