Target: Governor of Florida Rick Scott
Goal: Stop acid fracking in the Everglades and save the environment from irreparable damage
Citizens and county officials are fighting the use of acid fracking near the Florida Everglades. While acid fracking has been used before in the state, it has never been used this close to the national park. It has raised concerns between officers and environmentalists, especially when a cease and desist order did not stop a company from working. Energy companies don’t have the right to disregard the government, especially when it involves the preservation of our environment.
Acidification, acidizing, acid stimulation, and acid fracking—these are the terms used to describe fracking with acid, which is required to drill through the limestone rock in Florida. Texas-based company Dan A. Hughes Co. injected such acid in the western edge of the Everglades. When Florida regulators issued the company a cease and desist order so they could investigate acid fracking’s effects on the environment, the company refused and completed its operation. The driller and Florida officials signed a consent agreement and the company paid a $25,000 fine. The energy company’s blatant disregard for government regulators is appalling.
What is more disturbing is that the drilling operation, the cease and desist warrant, and the eventual fine remained unknown to environmentalists and residents for three months. They had been getting their information from the media, not the government. While oil wells in Florida have existed for 70 years, residents are growing concerned with new drilling techniques such as horizontal drilling and advanced extraction developments. Environmentalists state that their laws on oil and gas regulations are archaic and will not fully protect them or the environment.
There has been little transparency between the government and the people, and it is quite obvious that the energy companies do not care about abiding by government orders. Sign this petition to urge the government to stop acid fracking in the Everglades and help protect this national park from drilling and pollution.
Dear Governor Rick Scott,
Recently in the Florida Everglades, energy company Dan A. Hughes Co. did not comply with a cease and desist order issued by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Instead, the company finished its operation and possibly polluted this lush and protected landscape. The company’s blatant disregard for the government and its orders should tell you how it feels about regulations.
I am writing this letter urging you to stop acid fracking in the Everglades. This is a protected piece of land, home to a variety of wildlife and humans. All living creatures depend on the planet for survival, and if we pollute it, we are only killing ourselves. Please do all that you can to keep the Everglades safe from pollution.
[Your Name Here]
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