Urgent: The Florida Senate Appropriations Committee defeated SB 318 that would expand fracking throughout the state and preempt local communities from banning it. But a pro-fracking Senator used a parliamentary loophole so the bill can be voted on again next Tuesday. Click here to tell State Senators to hold the line and prevent a Fracking Flip-Flop.
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of members like you, last week we struck a hard blow to fracking in Florida. On Thursday the State Senate Appropriations Committee voted, in bi-partisan fashion, 10-9 against Senate Bill (SB) 318 that would expand the extreme practice throughout the state and prevent local communities from banning it.1 But it's not over yet, it's actually pretty far from over. Senators on the losing side used a parliamentary loophole that allows the bill to be reconsidered -- and it will be voted on again next Tuesday.
I am sure you've heard the old saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." The saying is meant to give confidence to those who have a goal, so they never give up and keep their fights going. But now this same mindset is being used by State Senators in Florida who just lost the vote and will do anything they can to resurrect SB 318. And you can bet that Big Oil has been using this time to grease as many Senators who previously voted "No" as possible. They've already spent close to $500,000 during an Assembly Session that began only two months ago.2
Now that SB 318 is up for "reconsideration," Big Oil probably spent the whole weekend lobbying Senators and doing all they can to push through their fracked up agenda. That's why we're teaming up with our friends at ReThink Florida's Future, Environment Florida, Sierra Club and Floridians Against Fracking to reach out to select Senators with our own message: Stop The Potential SB 318 FrackFlop. Click here to contact these Senators and push for a Frack Free Florida.
Whether you're a resident of Florida or one of the many tourists of the Sunshine State, we all must come together to prevent SB 318 from passing committee. We've done it before and we can do it again, but only if we let these Senators know they must do the right thing -- again.
The facts have been presented, testimonies have been heard from experts and the people, and the results were a rejection of widespread fracking and removing control from local jurisdictions. Yet the Frackers and their Senate allies still have called a mulligan, acting like sore losers until they get there way. But we have a chance to stick SB 318 underground next to the natural gas that needs to say there once and for all.
Thanks for sounding off,
Anthony and the Frack Free Florida Freedom Fighters
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