Health and Environmental Organizations Bring Anti- Fracking Film Tour To Florida
Fracking could come to the Everglades
Key West, FL— Local community groups will host a screening of Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water, a film about fracking—one of the most controversial methods of drilling for oil and gas. Craig Stephens, one of the film’s subjects who has seen the devastation that fracking can cause firsthand, will speak to viewers and answer questions about fracking. The groups will present the film, which is free and open to the public, at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 at The Key West Library.
Four local organizations and the national group Food & Water Watch are sponsoring this free screening of Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water. The film showcases the lives of people from all walks of life, and all sides of the political spectrum, who are dedicating themselves to resisting, slowing down or stopping fracking.
After the film, Craig Stevens, whose Pennsylvania community has seen the devastation that the fracking industry can have, will talk about what could await Florida’s residents if fracking moves forward in the state.
While most fracking occurs in northern states, the oil and gas industry is now looking to expand drilling for oil in the western portion of the Florida panhandle and on environmentally sensitive land in Southwest Florida near the Everglades. This drilling could pose a major threat to Florida’s water resources in those regions and, ultimately, the water supply for the Keys.
Simultaneously, NextEra and Spectra Energy Corp are proposing to build a 500-mile natural gas pipeline that would cross Central Florida’s rich water resources. Several gas export facilities are also being proposed around the state. Taken together, all these projects could transform Florida into a major fracking hub.
What: Film screening of Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air and Water
When: April 8 at 5:30pm
Where: Key West Library – 700 Fleming Street, Key West
Who: The event is sponsored by Food & Water Watch and Keys groups Green Living & Energy Education, Last Stand, the Florida Keys Environmental Coalition and Reef Relief.
For more information on the film viewers can go to the website http://www.groundswellrising.com/. Another website — http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/factsheet/ban-fracking-in-florida/ —
provides more facts about fracking in Florida.