Subject: Florida got fracked
A Texas oil company, Hughes Co., was caught secretly and illegally fracking on endangered Florida panther habitat in the western Everglades. Their punishment? A $25,000 slap on the wrist from Gov. Rick Scott's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
Demand Gov. Scott’s hand-picked DEP Secretary Hershel Vinyard revoke the permit of Hughes Co. and set a strong example: illegal fracking will never be tolerated in Florida.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking, is the use of sand, water, and chemicals, injected at incredibly high pressures, to blast open rock deep beneath the surface of the earth to release trapped oil and gas. This process is devastating communities across the country by poisoning air, soil, and contaminating drinking water. Now, the oil and gas industry has its sights set on Florida to expand this dirty and dangerous practice.
Hughes Co. representatives stated at public hearings that they had no intention of fracking in Florida, but they went ahead and did it anyway. The response from Gov. Scott’s DEP might as well have been an invitation to do it again: a $25,000 fine for a company with tens of millions of dollars in estimated annual revenues is nothing.
Floridians deserve real accountability for companies that ignore the law. Sign the petition today:
Big Oil’s efforts to open the Everglades to oil and gas drilling have met strong opposition from residents, public health experts, and environmental groups. Meanwhile, state officials under Gov. Scott have done everything short of giving oil companies carte blanche to open Florida up to more drilling. Media reports have revealed that the DEP was aware of the Hughes Co.’s illegal fracking as recently as December 31st, yet they have since publicly parroted Hughes’ position that no fracking is planned for our state.
It's clear the oil companies believe they are above the law, and the DEP’s joke of a fine won’t change that. Gov. Scott’s DEP is so in bed with polluters that their consent order about the Hughes Co. violation fails to even mention fracking, citing "a confidential trade secret."
Add your voice to help protect one of our state’s greatest treasures from the threat of illegal fracking today. http://act.progressflorida.org/sign/illegal_fracking/?source=taf
Thanks for holding Big Oil accountable for their underhanded actions against our precious Everglades.
For our land and water,
Mark and the Progress Florida team