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  • Environment Florida Releases New Booklet of Personal Stories from Residents on the Frontlines of Fracking as EPA Hearing Nears | Environment Florida
    near the future drinking water supplies for Collier County The federal agency s final decision awaits the recently confirmed public hearing near Naples on March 11th Given Florida s limestone geology environmental groups and local citizens contend this could pave the way for acidizing or acid fracking a process involving the injection of toxic chemicals below the aquifer to dissolve and free up dirty fossil fuels Behind the alarming numbers that outline fracking s environmental impacts there are real people whose lives have been gravely impacted by these polluting practices said Jennifer Rubiello field associate with the Environment Florida Research Policy Center These are their stories and it is our responsibility to heed their words of warning on fracking People recalling their experiences with fracking damage in Shalefield Stories include June Chappel of Washington County Pa who lived with a 15 million gallon fracking waste pit just 200 feet from her house and Judy Armstrong Stiles of Bradford County Pa who spoke of the barium and arsenic that was found in her drinking water and then in her blood after Chesapeake began drilling on her land While Shalefield Stories was compiled by individual residents in Pennsylvania there have also been similar tragedies in other fracking states including Colorado Ohio Texas and West Virginia I can t imagine that kind of nightmare happening to me my kids or even my neighbors said Karen Dwyer who lives in Naples near the area where the oil and gas industry is seeking to potentially bring acid fracking here in Florida The drill site we re trying to stop is only 1000 feet from homes It s located in the Big Cypress Swamp watershed a critical recharge area in the Everglades Each well is permitted to use 5 million gallons of water per month explained Dwyer Unlike agricultural water the drilling water can never be reused it is permanently polluted and must be injected into the boulder zone Given the worldwide water scarcity and the annual water restrictions in South Florida it is criminal to permit the oil industry to destroy so much fresh water Think of the effect of thousands of wells on this 115 000 acre parcel and even more when Collier develops all of its 800 000 acres of mineral rights One of the common themes running through Shalefield Stories is how people have become sick living on the frontlines of fracking including the wastewater produced from the drilling process Randy Moyer began suffering from extreme migraines kidney and liver problems and burning rashes after starting work trucking wastewater from a fracking site in Cambria County Pa In view of the recent experience with a spill of chemicals contaminating the water supply for thousands of West Virginians the thought of fracking or any use of acid to dissolve limestone without disclosing every single chemical to be used would seem especially foolhardy said Tallahassee physician Ray Bellamy Imagine hundreds of chemicals many toxic some carcinogenic or endocrine disrupters being pumped into our porous

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/environment-florida-releases-new-booklet-personal-stories-residents-frontlines-fracking-epa (2016-05-01)
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  • President Obama Vows to Protect Future Generations from Climate Change | Environment Florida
    of the Union address Jennifer Rubiello field assocate with Environment Florida delivered the following statement Heavy flooding is just the most recent example of the steep price Americans and the planet are already paying for global warming We applaud the president s commitment to cutting carbon pollution from power plants the largest sources as well as his leadership in cutting carbon pollution from cars and doubling the production of wind and solar power It is clear from his speech and his actions that President Obama has no intention of looking his children or perhaps someday his grandchildren in the eyes and telling them he failed to act when faced with the greatest environmental challenge of our time In addition the President s pledge to protect more of the nation s pristine lands is both appreciated today and will certainly be a boon to all our families future Unfortunately the President s and the nation s continued embrace of oil and gas ensure that we will continue to create the pollution that fuels global warming threatening our health and our environment Beyond the climate impacts dangerous oil and gas drilling known as fracking has contaminated drinking water made nearby families sick

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/president-obama-vows-protect-future-generations-climate-change (2016-05-01)
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  • Fracking by the Numbers: New Environment Florida Research and Policy Center Report First to Quantify Threat of Gas Drilling | Environment Florida
    including toxic wastewater water use chemical use air pollution land damage and global warming emissions The report finds that the total volume of fracking waste generated across the country in 2012 is enough to flood all of Naples in a 109 feet deep toxic lagoon The numbers don t lie fracking has taken a dirty and destructive toll on our environment said Jennifer Rubiello field associate from Environment Florida That s why fracking has no place near Big Cypress our treasured natural areas and certainly not near our drinking water supplies Oil and gas companies have applied for permits for exploratory oil wells in Collier County and permits for wastewater disposal which environmental groups and local citizens contend would threaten drinking water and the neighboring wildlife refuge that is home to the endangered Florida Panther Fracking by the Numbers shows that deep disposal wells are a common destination for fracking waste but these wells can fail over time allowing the wastewater and its pollutants to mix with groundwater and surface water For example wastewater injected into a disposal well contaminated 6 2 billion gallons of water in an aquifer in Midland Texas Nationally routine testing of injection wells in 2010 revealed that 2300 failed to meet mechanical integrity requirements established by the EPA The report s data comes as the EPA considers permits for wastewater injection wells in Collier County If the oil drillers are allowed to drill this reckless well it will set a precedent that will invite more and more oil drillers into the Sunshine State Gharabally added The bottom line is this the numbers on fracking add up to an environmental nightmare said Rubiello For Big Cypress the home of the panther and our drinking water we need to put a stop to fracking here before it

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  • Florida Ranks 3rd for Global Warming Pollution from Power Plants | Environment Florida
    it comes to carbon emissions so it s critical that we clean up our act starting with our dirtiest power plants The report America s Dirtiest Power Plants comes as the Obama administration readies a new set of rules to tackle global warming It illustrates the scale of carbon pollution from Florida s power sector and ranks Florida s biggest carbon polluters Key findings from the report include Florida s power plants are the 3rd most polluting in the country In Florida the top five most polluting power plants are Crystal River Big Bend West County Energy Center Seminole and St John s River Power Park Florida s power plants are its single largest source of carbon pollution responsible for 49 percent of statewide emissions Duke Energy s formerly Progress Florida Energy Inc Crystal River plant is the 44th most carbon polluting power plant in the nation Florida s power plants produce as much carbon each year as nearly 25 million cars With intense flooding in Florida and events like Hurricane Sandy becoming more frequent and severe Florida is already feeling the impact of global warming said Susan Glickman Energy and Climate Advocate for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Things will only get worse for us and our communities if we fail to take swift and bold action now This summer President Obama directed his Environmental Protection Agency EPA to propose limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants the largest single source of carbon pollution In a major step the EPA is expected to propose an updated rule for cutting carbon pollution from new power plants on September 20 Floridians have already submitted over 150 000 public comments in support of limiting carbon pollution from power plants We need to move away from polluting power plants

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/florida-ranks-3rd-global-warming-pollution-power-plants (2016-05-01)
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  • President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for Florida, Future Generations | Environment Florida
    and Atlantic the president s plan to address global warming was loudly applauded by Environment Florida and many others Today President Obama responded to the millions of Americans who have spoken out on behalf of their communities and their families urging him to lead on climate said Frank Iannuzzi Campaign Coordinator for Environment Florida All of us who have felt the effects of global warming or simply worried about what s in store for our kids can take comfort in knowing that President Obama has put the nation on a path toward a cleaner healthier and safer future Left unchecked global warming is projected to bring to Florida more intense storms and more unhealthy air days Scientists have warned that the window is rapidly closing for making the necessary cuts in carbon pollution to protect future generations from the worst consequences of global warming To respond to this threat the president s plan contains several key components It will Limit carbon pollution from new and existing power plants The president directed the Environmental Protection Agency to set limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants which currently lack any such federal limits despite being the largest single source of the carbon pollution fueling global warming Invest in energy efficiency New efficiency measures for buildings and new appliances will cut carbon pollution by reducing our overall energy demand Build more renewable energy The plan focuses on expanding production of clean renewable energy sources like wind and solar especially on public lands Support affected communities The president s plan will help ensure that communities are better equipped to prepare for and recover from the impacts of global warming Rebuild U S leadership Internationally The president s plan calls for the U S to actively engage in international efforts to address

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/president-obama%E2%80%99s-climate-plan-clear-victory-florida-future-generations (2016-05-01)
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  • Clean Cars Would Cut Oil Use, Save Floridians $15 Million on Thanksgiving Travel | Environment Florida
    families With roughly one million families taking to the road to visit family and friends this Thanksgiving Floridians are expected to spend roughly 33 million at the gas pump for their holiday travel Environment Florida pointed to the inefficiency of our cars and trucks as one of the main reasons Floridians are forced to spend so much at the pump and why cars consume more oil and create more pollution than is necessary Environment Florida released today s report at the Florida Tesla dealership in Dania Beach Rolfe said We can see from the clean car technologies sold here making our cars go farther on a gallon of gas is one of the best ways to help Florida s economy and our environment at the same time The new report Gobbling Less Gas for Thanksgiving How Clean Car Standards Will Cut Oil Use and Save Americans Money used regional Thanksgiving travel projections released last week by AAA to determine how many Floridians would be traveling more than 50 miles by car this Thanksgiving The report then estimated how much less oil would be used and how much money would be saved at the gas pump if the average car taking those trips in Florida this Thanksgiving met a standard equivalent to 54 5 miles per gallon what the Obama administration is proposing new cars and light trucks meet by 2025 instead of the current 26 4 miles per gallon The report estimated the following benefits would be realized over the Thanksgiving holiday if the average car met a standard equivalent to 54 5 mpg 4 5 million fewer gallons of oil would be consumed in Florida Floridians would save roughly 15 million at the gas pump or 15 per family Floridians cars and light trucks would emit 43 840 fewer metric tons of global warming pollution While the Environment Florida report examined the potential benefits from just one Thanksgiving weekend s worth of travel a separate analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Union of Concerned Scientists found that a fleet wide 54 5 miles per gallon equivalent fuel efficiency standard for new cars and light trucks in 2025 would cut global warming pollution by 2030 by nearly 280 million metric tons equivalent to shutting down roughly 70 coal fired power plants for one year cut our annual oil consumption by 23 billion gallons equivalent to our annual imports from Saudi Arabia and Iraq and save Floridians 4 2 billion at the gas pump in 2030 Multiple studies have shown that the technology exists today to make our cars and trucks much cleaner and more fuel efficient Conventional cars and trucks can be made with more efficient engines and more lightweight materials while hybrids and plug in electric vehicles can go dramatically farther on a gallon of gas With the high demand following the rollout of the Chevrolet Volt and the Nissan Leaf this year Americans are signaling their desire for more fuel efficient cars and strong clean

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  • Obama Administration Proposes Historic Clean Car Standards | Environment Florida
    global warming The standards would require cars and light trucks in model years 2017 2025 to meet a fleet wide average global warming pollution standard equivalent to 54 5 miles per gallon The Obama administration s clean cars proposal represents the biggest step ever taken to end America s addiction to Big Oil said Aliki Moncrief State Director with Environment Florida By making the cars and trucks of the future cleaner and more fuel efficient these standards will reap big benefits for Florida s environment our health and our economy By 2030 the proposed standards would reduce annual global warming pollution by 280 million metric tons roughly equivalent to shutting down 70 coal fired power plants for one year In addition in the same amount of time the standards would cut oil use by as much as 23 billion gallons per year an amount equivalent to our imports from Saudi Arabia and Iraq in 2010 In Florida alone the proposed standards would generate annual savings of 4 2 billion or 371 per family even after accounting for the cost of new technology and would create 33 000 jobs by 2030 Moving forward the Obama administration is expected to conduct a

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/obama-administration-proposes-historic-clean-car-standards (2016-05-01)
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  • New Report: Pensacola, Orlando and Tampa/St. Petersburg Named Smoggiest Metropolitan Areas in the State | Environment Florida
    at least two to three days last year New data also shows that the problem is even worse than the public thought The research shows that on up to eight additional days last year residents in these areas were exposed to smog levels that a national scientific panel has found to be dangerous to breathe but because of outdated federal air quality rules those at risk were never alerted to unhealthy air levels In the case of smog what you cannot see can still hurt you said Aliki Moncrief Smog is one of the most harmful air pollutants and is also one of the most pervasive Smog is formed when pollution from cars power plants and industrial facilities reacts with other pollutants in the presence of sunlight Smog is of particular concern in the summer months when warmer temperatures lead to the build up of higher concentrations of smog pollution Children who grow up in areas with high levels of smog may develop diminished lung capacity putting them at greater risk of lung disease later in life Additionally children exposed to smog in the womb can experience lower birth weight and growth retardation Even among healthy adults repeated exposure to smog pollution over time permanently damages lung tissues decreases the ability to breathe normally exacerbates chronic diseases like asthma and can even cause premature death Under the federal Clean Air Act the Environmental Protection Agency is required to set a national standard for smog pollution according to the latest science on air quality and public health However the current standard was set at a level that EPA s own board of independent scientists agree is not adequately protective of public health The Obama administration considered updating the standard this year to protect public health but the president decided earlier this

    Original URL path: http://environmentflorida.org/news/fle/new-report-pensacola-orlando-and-tampast-petersburg-named-smoggiest-metropolitan-areas (2016-05-01)
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