Tuesday, March 18, 2014

WRITTEN COMMENTS FROM EPA/DEP MEETINGS ON 3/11/14 IN NAPLES, FLORIDA

DENY THE PERMIT! Floridians do not want oil drilling or fracking here. It won't repair our economy and it won't bring us jobs. It will destroy life as we know it. The oil spills and accidents happening everywhere are examples of why it should not be done. What I find remarkable is that an administration that is plunking down millions of taxpayer dollars to restore the Everglades is willing to turn over this precious land and water to be fracked. The water, the soil and the wildlife will be destroyed and these crimes will have an unknown impact on humans as well. Safety is another big issue; is evacuation of the residents the only plan now that TOTAL SAFETY (company) is out of the picture? What about open flaring, explosions, sinkholes, leaked gas, toxic fracking injection chemicals? The transport of oil, crude, natural gas, and extraction chemicals is just by itself, as dangerous and the accidents are happening almost daily now wherever fracking exists. The citizens are left with the mess and the responsibility for the clean up--IF they are not injured, sick, evacuated or dead first! Lac Megantic, Quebec is an example of this very thing when a transport train blew up, burning 300 buildings in the town, killing 47 and injuring many more. Five (5) of the dead were vaporized, their skeletal remains were never found. 
Do we want this same situation for Florida? 
Is it really all about the money? 
If you GOOGLE "oil drilling accidents" you will get 4,700,000 entries.
If you GOOGLE "fracking accicents" you will get 452,000 entries.
Even our WARS are for OIL.
These processes are NOT SAFE!
DENY THE PERMIT!
KEEP THE OIL IN THE SOIL!
ENERGY ALTERNATIVES NOW!

Anita Stewart
Hillsborough County Soil and Water, Seat 5
(Public comments made at the EPA/DEP Meeting in Naples, Florida on 3/11/14)
Fractivists at Golden Gate Community Center in Naples, Florida on March 11, 2014
Fractivists at Golden Gate Community Center in Naples, Florida on March 11, 2014. Photo by Anita Stewart.

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