St. Peterburg, FL – Last week, Pinellas County became the 81st local government to pass a resolution against fracking. Pinellas is the densest county in the state covering the cities of Clearwater and St. Petersburg. Opposition to fracking has rapidly grown over the past several months as the Florida Legislature considers pro-fracking legislation. Already cities and counties, labors groups, and environmentalists have spoken out in opposition to the bill, which was recently held back in committee on a bipartisan vote, but could resurface before the day's end.
Jennifer Rubiello, director of Environment Florida issued the following statement:
"At the same time the Florida Legislature is considering a bill that would open the door to fracking in our state and preempt local governments, Pinellas County joined the growing list of counties and cities to formally oppose this dirty drilling! We thank Pinellas County's seven commissioners who voted unanimously in support of clean water and a healthy environment and listened to the concerns of Floridians."