The oil and gas industry is now using extreme oil extraction techniques in Florida involving the injection of chemicals and large amounts of freshwater to fracture or dissolve oil-bearing rock to increase production. These operations include hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) and acid stimulation. The “fracking” boom in other parts of the country has led to documented cases of environmental degradation and a growing concern for public health.
Improved extraction and refining technologies have led to a renewed interest in Florida oil. Oil companies are now seeking to explore for oil over thousands of acres of public and private lands, including portions of the Everglades. Currently, extreme extraction techniques are unstudied in Florida, virtually unregulated, and often used in complete secrecy.
With oil exploration proposed for over 170,000 acres of the Everglades, it is important to understand the process of hydraulic fracturing and acid stimulation, current federal and state regulations, and what we can do to safeguard our environment and public health from oil drilling.
The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Natural Resource Defense Council, Earthjustice, Center for Biological Diversity, and Earthworks are pleased to sponsor the 2015 Florida Fracking Summit to promote public awareness regarding extreme oil extraction in Florida. Expert speakers will address the potential effects of extreme extraction techniques on air, land, water, and human health. We will also discuss current federal and state laws, local government actions around the nation, and the future of extreme extraction in Florida.