Sens. Dwight Bullard and Darren Soto’s attempt to tie Amendment 1’s passage to opposition to fracking is dishonest

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This afternoon, two Democratic state senators, Dwight Bullard and Darren Soto, distributed a press release that left me scratching my head.

Sens. Soto and Bullard’s release states that when an overwhelming number of Floridians supported Amendment 1, they also sent a message to Tallahassee that they want to ban fracking.

“Just last month, Floridians overwhelmingly supported protecting our natural resources and the environment,” said Sen. Bullard. “This bill reinforces the people’s will by banning an operation dangerous to both.”

Say what?

By that logic, if one enjoys chicken, they automatically like filet mignon, too. But that’s not how this works.

Sure, the minority party has to get creative to get heard, and sometimes being creative means employing fear and sensationalism to get a bill heard.

But this press release is illogical.

Amendment 1 did pass overwhelmingly and, yes, that DID send a message that Floridians care about the environment and conservation. Maybe even you can imply that Floridians care greatly about water and the future of water in Florida.

Here is what Floridians supported: “Water and Land Conservation – Dedicates funds to acquire and restore Florida conservation and recreation lands.”  That is the ballot title. Now if you read into the summary, you see phrases like “manage conservation lands including wetlands and forests”; you read about the Everglades, rivers, lakes and streams and beaches and farms and land.

But what you do not see is any mention of fracking or drilling or oil exploration or anything close to what this release claims.

Please don’t get me involved in the kindergarten science of this issue and how I don’t believe we have hydraulic fracking in the state or how I don’t believe that ANYONE IN THEIR RIGHT MIND would advocate for fracking in this state, not even the land owners and any in the industry that call Florida home.  I’m staying out of that.

Just don’t use Amendment 1 to gin up the crazies and have them grab their signs and head to Tallahassee. To say that there is a correlation between Amendment 1 and this bill is either intentionally dishonest or just stupid.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.