Miami-Dade County Bans Fracking
On Wednesday, October 5 the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a ban on well stimulation (including the process known as “fracking”) for oil or gas exploration. The legislation prohibits land use for any process that involves injecting fluid into a rock formation. The fluid used for fracking includes a host of additives such as caustic acid or solvents, which would be detrimental to water supplies if they were to leach into local aquifers.
“This is a critical step for protecting our water supply,” said Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, prime sponsor of the ordinance. “We cannot accept the risks to our quality of life and economy associated with fracking.”
Prior to the vote, advocates collected hundreds of petitions in favor of the ban on fracking. Representatives of organizations such as Urban Paradise Guild, Food and Water Watch and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida spoke in favor of the item at a public hearing in September.
The local ordinance was designed to avoid preemption by the state of Florida by using the County’s zoning laws to prohibit well stimulation.