Food & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people's lives and protects our environment.
A growing movement in Florida is fighting against plans by the oil and gas industry to further expand its unconventional fracking techniques into the Sunshine State. Alongside our coalition partners in the Floridians Against Fracking, Food & Water Watch is working to ensure that cities, counties, and state officials support a full ban on fracking to protect our communities, our health and our environment. Join us today!
Our public lands were preserved for the use and enjoyment of all Americans, but increasingly the oil and gas industry is looking to develop them for their profit. These lands are our natural heritage, not profit centers. We must ban fracking on public lands to protect our climate, public health and national parks for the benefit and enjoyment of all Americans. By the end of 2014, oil and gas companies had leases on over 34 million acres of public land. The industry has formally targeted an additional 12 million more acres of public land. Among the many federal public lands that are already impacted or are under threat are Big Cypress National Reserve and Everglades National Park, Food & Water Watch has worked with partners and legislators to achieve the introduction of the Protect our Public Lands Act. This groundbreaking legislation was introduced by Representative Mark Pocan on April 20, 2015. Since then FWW has worked tirelessly across the country to gain cosponsors for the bill.
Floridians Against Fracking
We are a lead organization on the steering committee of this state coalition. Fracking and drilling associated with unconventional extraction of oil and natural gas poses a direct and immediate threat to the drinking water, air, food, health, wildlife, climate, and the economy of communities across Florida. South Florida is not immune to this threat. The oil & gas industry has applied for dozens of permits in Big Cypress and Everglades National Parks including a well close to the Broward/Miami-Dade border. The coalition has passed almost 90 county and city resolutions. These resolutions build local awareness, support and momentum for statewide legislation. We are working with legislators to produce bipartisan sponsored ban bills in the next legislative session. In South Florida we have hosted several educational film screenings, presented on fracking at local group meetings, and helped to pass several municipal resolutions including county resolutions and ordinances in Broward and Miami-Dade County.