WMNF: Ron DeSantis directs Florida DEP to oppose fracking and off-shore drilling

WMNF: Written by Sean Kinane. January 10, 2019.

Florida’s new governor, Ron DeSantis, announced several changes to water policy today. In an executive order, DeSantis made moves to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking), dedicate money to Everglades restoration, fight algae blooms, appoint a Chief Science Officer and create an Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency.

For reaction, WMNF News spoke with Michelle Allen, senior Florida organizer with Food and Water Watch.

“Today – on Thursday January 10th – Governor Ron DeSantis put out a statement announcing that he is going to direct the state Department of Environmental Protection [DEP] to adamantly oppose and ban fracking statewide in Florida. We are very happy to see the governor fulfilling the promise that he made on the campaign trail to protect Florida’s water by banning fracking statewide.”

And [DeSantis] also said that he wants [the DEP] ‘to take necessary actions to oppose all off-shore oil and gas activities off every coast.

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