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Dennis Freytes: Safe fracking — good for America

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Many veterans of war, including myself, have concerns with foreign products being purchased from countries at war, namely the Middle East. We have come a long way in recent years to obtain our own oil and natural gas within the U.S. However, we can’t lift our feet off the proverbial pedal. Our country must use all forms of energy to become energy independent for the good of all. There is a direct correlation between energy reliability on the Middle East…

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Pinellas County Commission bans fracking

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County commissioners voted Tuesday unanimously to ban fracking in Pinellas. “After listening carefully to the latest science and the voices of local residents, Pinellas County Commissioners decided to permanently protect the water, health, and environment of our county from the documented damage of fracking and fracking wastewater,” said Jennifer Rubiello, state director of Environment Florida. “This is what true leadership looks like,” she said. Commissioner Dave Eggers conceded that fracking is unlikely in Pinellas. But, he said, the ban is…

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Senate panel won’t reconsider controversial fracking proposal

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A bill to regulate fracking is most likely dead after the Senate sponsor said he did not want the Senate Appropriations committee to reconsider the measure. This past Thursday the Senate Appropriations panel voted 10-9 to reject the proposal (SB 318), but lawmakers swiftly made a motion to reconsider to keep the proposal on the agenda. The bill was slated for a hearing Tuesday, but instead Richter made a motion not to reconsider the measure. “This is a controversial subject.…

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St. Pete elected officials on list urging Senate to oppose fracking bill

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A bill aimed at legalizing hydraulic fracturing Florida, or fracking, died in the state Senate Thursday with a provision allowing it to possibly resurface. A similar bill has already passed the House. While there was much back and forth during the long debate in the Senate appropriations committee, the close call vote came, perhaps, as a result of numerous speakers opposed to fracking and countless others who sent in correspondence opposing the measure. Among those who gave the bill a…

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Florida House votes 73-45 to approve fracking bill

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The state House voted 73-45 to approve a measure (HB 191) aimed at hydraulic fracturing. 
The decision came after more than an hour of debate, and now heads to the Senate. A companion measure (SB 318) has one more committee stop before it heads to the floor for a vote. “This process has taken four years. This topic has had 17 committee hearings here in the House, and three votes on the floor, after this vote today,” said Rep. Ray…

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Senate fracking proposal moves forward despite some concerns

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A proposal to regulate high-pressure well stimulation has cleared a second Senate committee, despite continued objections from environmental activists. The measure (SB 318), sponsored by Naples Republican Sen. Garrett Richter, cleared the Senate’s general government appropriations subcommittee Monday on a 4-2 vote. Sen. Gwen Margolis and Sen. Oscar Braynon, both South Florida Democrats, voted against the measure. “Today, there’s nothing in Florida that prohibits fracking, with this bill there will be. Today, there is not a moratorium in place ……

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Today on Context Florida: Corruption, Sarah Palin endorsement, fracking and understanding Trump

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Today on Context Florida: Jac VerSteeg worked for decades in Palm Beach County – “Corruption County,” we called it in the heyday of watching elected officials troop off to prison. So you’d think he would have a handle on what “corruption” is. Yet, because of current events, VerSteeg doesn’t quite understand. Those events include Florida’s abrupt decision to scrap standards for pediatric cardiac care units and the U.S. Supreme Court’s surprising decision to hear former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s appeal of…

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