ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.-- Today, the St. Petersburg City Council unanimously passed a proposal to move forward with an ordinance banning fracking. If passed, St. Petersburg would become the 4th Florida city to ban fracking.
Fracking, the controversial drilling technique that uses chemicals to break up rock and stimulate the flow of oil and gas, has received widespread, bipartisan opposition over the past several months from more than 80 cities and counties, environmental groups, labor groups, residents and even a class of fifth graders (https://www.facebook.com/senatorjacklatvala/) . Jennifer Rubiello, state director for Environment Florida, issued the following statement:
“We thank the St. Petersburg City Council for unanimously voting in support of clean water and a healthy environment and listening to the concerns of Floridians. We are thrilled that the Sunshine City is joining the growing list of counties and cities to formally oppose this dirty drilling!”