Target: Steve Crisafulli, Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives
Goal: Ban the environmentally destructive practice of fracking in Florida
Florida is home to the Everglades and some of the most beautiful and fragile ecosystems in the United States. If fracking were to come to the state, these unique areas would be threatened with complete destruction. Florida has recently introduced legislation that would preemptively ban fracking within the state. If passed, the bill would protect these natural areas and Florida citizens’ water table from the environmentally unsafe and increasingly condemned practice of fracking.
Fracking, which is short for “hydraulic fracturing,” is a method of natural gas extraction that uses the injection of highly pressurized fluids and chemicals into shale rock in order to fracture the rock and release the gas stored inside. The bill, which was proposed by state representative Evan Jenne, cites the numerous dangers of fracking, including contamination of the water table with carcinogenic chemicals, putting local wildlife at risk, emission of greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change, and heavy fresh water use where many communities already face water shortages. The bill comes less than a month after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on fracking throughout the state of New York, citing similar hazards.
Attention was drawn to fracking in Florida when it was discovered that a company was illegally drilling for oil using an extraction process known as “acid fracking,” where the rock is dissolved rather than split apart. The company was fined by the state and ordered to immediately cease operations, but the incident raised the question of whether Florida’s oil and natural gas deposits would attract the process of fracking as in other states.
Florida’s Everglades region is the largest subtropical wilderness in the Unites States. Its delicate ecosystems provide habitats for numerous rare and endangered species. If the practice of fracking is permitted in Florida, the result could be the permanent contamination of this unique natural area, as well as the rest of Florida’s delicate ecosystems. Sign the petition below and urge Florida lawmakers to pass this bill and protect the people, wildlife, and environment of Florida from the destructive practice of fracking.
Dear Representative Crisafulli,
A bill has been introduced that would protect Florida from the widely condemned practice of hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” Fracking is a dangerous, dirty, and ecologically destructive process that irreparably contaminates the geology and water table of the area in which it occurs.
Florida’s unique natural areas, such as the Everglades, are state and national treasures. To pollute these ecosystems with carcinogenic chemicals and thus threaten the already endangered wildlife that inhabits them is environmentally reckless and unethical.
I am urging you to support and pass this bill in order to preemptively protect Florida from fracking and the threat it poses to the state’s precious habitats and ecosystems.
[Your Name Here]
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