First step towards a Florida free from dirty, dangerous drilling

For Immediate Release

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 19-12, titled “Achieving More Now for Florida’s Environment.” In the last line of the Executive Order, Governor DeSantis directs the DEP to “take necessary actions to adamantly oppose all off-shore oil and gas activities off every coast in Florida and hydraulic fracturing in Florida.”

"The governor's announcement is a bold step towards protecting Florida's waters -- one in line with the 90 cities and counties that have already passed resolutions and ordinances to protect Florida from dirty, dangerous drilling," said Jennifer Rubiello, director of Environment Florida. "We look forward to working with him to ban all forms of fracking in Florida and oppose drilling off of Florida's shores."

Environment Florida sits on the steering committee of the Floridians Against Fracking coalition. Below is the full coalition statement:

“Today, Governor DeSantis took a bold step towards banning fracking in Florida once and for all. But there is still a way to go before this directive becomes a reality. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection should begin the rulemaking process immediately and be sure to prohibit all forms of fracking including hydraulic fracturing, matrix acidizing and acid fracking. The definition that has been used in several years of bipartisan bills, including Senate Bill 146, is the one that should be used in changes to rules that result from this executive order. We need to get this right and close any loopholes that could allow fracking in Florida. The health of our people, tourism-based economy, and our remarkable network of waterways is on the line. We applaud Governor DeSantis’ leadership on this issue and we are counting on him to see it through.”

- Floridians Against Fracking Steering Committee

www.floridiansagainstfracking.org