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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Florida voters decided to ban nearshore oil and gas drilling beneath state-owned waters


Last week a federal judge called Florida a “laughingstock,” thanks to our shambolic voting process. When it comes to amending our constitution … that was ridiculous this year too. Especially so was Amendment 9, titled: “Ban Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling and Ban Vaping in Enclosed Indoor Workplaces.” However absurd it was to bundle vaping and drilling together in one proposal, voters approved Amendment 9 by almost 70 percent. Maybe they didn’t read the fine print, or were too excited about the chance to register their disapproval of vaping, because Amendment 9 doesn’t exactly ban drilling – it “prohibits drilling … beneath all state-owned waters.” And barely two weeks later, the Florida Petroleum Council is back to pushing for offshore …
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Fracking Ban in the Florida Legislature


Fracking is back in the Florida Legislature, though not for the reasons you might initially think. Florida Sen. Dana Young, a Tampa Republican, introduced a measure this week to ban all types of fracking, including hydraulic fracturing, a controversial process of extracting gas and oil from underground by injecting water, sand and chemicals into rock formations. That’s quite a reversal from last year when Young and other Republicans supported a measure in the Florida House that would have created a regulatory framework for fracking in Florida and preempted local governments from imposing their own bans or regulations after more than 60 counties passed resolutions opposing the practice, including Orange County. Environmental advocates cited the state’s fragile limestone geology and water …
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