Sarasota News Leader

01/24/2014

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FRACKING FRONTIER? An organization on Facebook opposes fracking in Florida. Image from www.facebook.com/FLNoFrack FLORIDA NATURAL GAS RUSH LOOKING MORE PLAUSIBLE, WITH POSSIBLE IMPLICATIONS FOR SARASOTA COUNTY By Roger Drouin County Editor The once seemingly far-fetched possibility the potential of the Sunshine State becoming of fracked wells and impoundment ponds in the "Fracking Frontier." Florida could soon be a reality. Even more telling, one industry lobbyist says A state House panel last week OK'd two bills some research has shown that fracking — that would require the reporting of chemicals officially called hydraulic fracturing — could used in fracking. In a partisan 8-4 vote, the force up oil and gas that is trapped thoutwo measures cleared sands of feet below the House Agriculture the surface in Florida's and Natural The camel's nose is in the tent. We compressed limestone formations. R e s o u r c e s S u b - know there is interest. committee — which "Where hydraulic fracMary Jean Yon has a Republican turing has been most Legislative Director majority — as state legsuccessful has been in Audubon Florida islators grapple with shale-type structures,"

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