Posts Tagged ‘Fracking’

Gil Smart: Martin County should ban fracking

By Gil Smart January 20, 2017 TC Palm It looks like Martin County is on the cusp of banning fracking. On Tuesday, the Martin County Board of Commissioners will consider a proposed ordinance to prohibit oil- and gas-related high-pressure well stimulation (i.e. fracking) and prohibit storage and disposal of associated fracking wastes. John Polley, the…

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EPA fracking report offers few answers on drinking water

By Matthew Daly December 13, 2016 Associated Press/Miami Herald WASHINGTON Is hydraulic fracturing — better known as fracking — safe, as the oil and gas industry claims? Or does the controversial drilling technique that has spurred a domestic energy boom contaminate drinking water, as environmental groups and other critics charge? After six years and more…

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Miami-Dade County Bans Fracking, Citing Multiple Environmental Concerns

By Kate Stein October 10, 2016 WLRN Fracking is now banned in Miami-Dade County, thanks to an ordinance passed unanimously last Wednesday by county commissioners. The process captures natural gas reserves by injecting high pressure streams of water, sand and chemicals into the earth. The Miami-Dade ordinance says fracking could contaminate county water supplies, including…

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We can’t ignore Florida’s water quality

By Ron Patrick September 18, 2016 Tallahassee Democrat Florida must not become Flint. Florida elected leaders have embarked on a path to allow even more pollution in our waterways. At a time when the governor of Florida failed to appoint the environmental seat and the local government seat to the Florida Environmental Regulatory Commission, the commission…

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More toxic chemicals allowed in Florida waterways

BY MARY ELLEN KLAS Miami Herald July 26, 2016 TALLAHASSEE – Florida regulators voted to approve new water quality standards Tuesday that will increase the amount of cancer-causing toxins allowed in Florida’s rivers and streams under a plan the state says will protect more Floridians than current standards. The Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to…

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Regulators want to allow more toxic chemicals in Florida’s water

BY MARY ELLEN KLAS Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau Miami Herald July 25, 2016 A state panel will decide Tuesday whether to allow polluters to increase the level of toxic chemicals they dump into Florida rivers and lakes as part of the first update of the state’s water quality standards in 24 years. The governor-appointed Environmental Regulatory…

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