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For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2016
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Johanna Cervone

Board of County Commissioners Approves Local Ban on Fracking on First Reading

MIAMI-DADE - Today, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved on first reading a county-wide ban on "well stimulation" techniques for oil and gas exploration, commonly referred to as "fracking." The ordinance was sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava.

"Fracking in all its forms puts our water supply at risk and is particularly incompatible with Miami-Dade's porous limestone geology. We cannot risk our health and economy when so many better energy options exist," said Commissioner Levine Cava. "Every Miami-Dade resident gets their drinking water from our underground aquifers. Our tourism and agricultural industries depend on clean water too.  Protection of our water supply isn't optional."

If the ordinance passes, Miami-Dade will become the largest county to ban fracking in the state and would join more than 70 other local governments that have either prohibited the practice or called for the State to ban fracking. The item will go to the Metropolitan Services Committee with an opportunity for public hearing on September 13th.