UPG Taking a Stand Against Fracking in Florida


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Urban Paradise Guild stands firmly against fracking, period.

We have taken a principal role in Miami, organizing people to take action and call their legislators to Ban Fracking in Miami-Dade and Florida. Working in collaboration with organizations from throughout Florida, coordinated by ReThink Energy, we joined the effort to persuade lawmakers in Tallahassee.

Only You Can Stop Fracking! With corporate money flooding Tallahassee legislators needed to know we care, so we called and let them know where we stand.

Our calls worked! Several South Florida Senators changed their position on the issue and voted against pro-Fracking Senate Bill 318 in March 2016.

Revolutionary: Miami-Dade County Bans Fracking! 
As you know, UPG had been working toward this since January 2016. Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava sponsored an Ordinance, which was co-sponsored by Commissioners Heyman and Jordan. UPG worked hard to demonstrate that the community supported the ban very strongly, and we collected more than 3,000 signatures on our petition! At each of the 3 stages, the Commission voted unanimously! Even though Hurricane Matthew was bearing down on us, on 10/5 the Commission kept working. There was the 2nd Reading and the vote, and… Voila! The whole County has been zoned No-Fracking-Allowed!  

Next step is to #BanFracking in Florida! They may have been temporarily defeated, but efforts to pave the way for Fracking in Florida continue.

The approval of seismic testing at Big Cypress National Preserve.

The advancement of the Sabal Trail Pipeline.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s effort to allow more toxic chemicals in our drinking water.

Will the EPA protect us from Fracking? Their own Scientific Advisory Board, already determined that they failed us in that.

FPL’s tried to dupe ratepayers with a fake solar amendment to protect their fracking interests – voters said ‘NOT SO FAST!’

(Read: “A Vote for Amendment 1 is Really a Vote for Fracking” by Sam Van Leer)

HB451 and SB 442 will Ban Fracking NOW! There are matching bills filed for the 2017 legislative session in the Florida House and Senate that would prohibit fracking anywhere in the state! We need all hands on deck to make sure these bills pass!

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Editorials and Articles published by UPG:
Urge Florida lawmakers to ban fracking by Sam Van Leer (Miami Herald Editorial 2/2/2016)
Video: The Rally, plus Commissioner Daniella Cava Levine speaks against Fracking Shot & Edited by AJ Nichols 2/2/2016)
Fracking will Drown Miami. Miami Republicans are Key to Stopping It!
Tallahassee says “Frack You” (Editorial, The New Tropic 1/23/2016)

Media Coverage:
Local-State Conflict on Fracking Heats Up in Geologically Fragile Florida (New York Times 2/24/2016)
Photo of NYT 2/24 Print Story, with photo of UPG
Anti-fracking Rallies: A Response to Oust Local Bans (WLRN 2/1/2016)

Events, with links to Facebook Photo Albums:
Miami Rally to Say No To Fracking (1/30/2016)
Energy freedom ride to Tallahassee from Miami, Broward and Palm Beach (1/19/2016 – 1/20/2016)