Florida and fracking
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Florida has a long history of oil drilling in parts of southwest Florida and the Panhandle. Fracking is not taking place in the state, however in October 2013, the Fort Myers News-Press reported that it had obtained emails from the Department of Environmental Protection indicating discussions had been taking place about the possibility of fracking in Florida.
In March 2013, the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee voted unanimously to approve a measure (HB 743) that would direct the state Department of Environmental Protection to set up a registry to collect the information about chemicals and volumes of water used in the fracking process, should fracking occur in the state. The Senate version (SB 1028) had been filed but not yet heard in a committee. The Florida Petroleum Council expressed support for the bill.
In 2014, the Carib Energy plant in Martin County, Florida, was granted a license to export 40 million cubic feet a day of natural gas to nearly any country, including those without a free trade agreement with the U.S. Carib is already exporting LNG in shipping containers to Caribbean and Central American countries. Carib Energy is now a subsidiary of the Crowley Maritime Corporation.
Legislative issues and regulations
In November 2014 two Florida State Senators, Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, and Sen. Darren Soto, D-Orlando, filed legislation that, if passed, would ban fracking in the state to protect the water supply, environment and robust tourism economy.
- Jim Saunders, [http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/florida-lawmakers-lay-groundwork-for-natural-gas-f/nWkTk/ "Florida lawmakers lay groundwork for natural gas 'fracking,'” News Service of Florida, March 7, 2013.
- Timothy Cama, "DOE clears natural gas exports at two sites," The Hill, Sep. 10, 2014.
- "Carib Energy is Now a Crowley Company" Crowley company website, accessed September 14, 2015.
- "State Senators File Anti-Fracking Bill" CBS Miami, December 2, 2014.
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