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Land O’Lake Citizens urge Governor DeSantis to Ban Fracking in Florida

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on March 3, 2020

Concerned Floridians used the extra day in 2020 to take to the streets of Land O’Lakes and demand accountability from Governor DeSantis. Governor DeSantis promised to ban fracking on his campaign trail.

Florida is vulnerable to the hazards of fracking because of its delicate karst geology and the intricacies of its interconnected water networks and aquifer. 

“Governor DeSantis could put these risks to rest by issuing a statewide ban on fracking — as he promised to do before taking office — but instead he has given his time to the corporate fossil fuel interests that can afford it,” said Ted Apelt with Pasco Activists Group.

The constituents expressed their frustration that the Governor has not responded to their calls to fulfill a major campaign promise to protect health and safety in their communities by passing a statewide fracking ban.

The underlying call of the rally was that Governor DeSantis give the same attention to his constituents as he has to major corporate donors by explaining why he has not yet followed through with a ban.

Despite multiple requests, the Governor’s office has not met with the Floridians Against Fracking coalition.

“We want Governor DeSantis to know that we’re holding him accountable,” says Elise Mysels, a volunteer organizer who took the lead on planning the demonstration in Land O’Lakes. “We think it’s unacceptable that he should favor the agendas of those who can pay him for his time to the needs of his constituents. He represents the people, not corporate interests. We hope that he takes note that this is how we’re using our extra day in 2020 — he needs to use his to ban fracking.”

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