Focus on Florida:Tallahassee treading lightly on controversial topicBy William Patrick of Watchdog.org Ban fracking, for the children. Mama Mia January 25, 2017 at 9:44 pm William Patrick is a Florida reporter for Watchdog.org. His work has been featured on Fox News and the Drudge Report, among other national sites. He’s also been cited and re-posted by numerous statewide news organizations. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Fracking is very dangerous and is a great threat to our underground water supply. There are numerous horror stories about the process, if you take the time to research it. Sounds like Sen. Dana Young (R) the sponsor of this bill, is a winner on this issue, for the people of Florida! Glad to see the bi-partisan effort of those working together in Tallahassee for the good of our treasured natural resources. Hope the bill passes! Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom That was the emotional appeal made by several state lawmakers at the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday, where a bipartisan coalition of elected officials gathered to announce newly filed legislation that, if successful, would abolish the oil and natural gas extraction technique throughout the state.Flanked by legislators from both chambers, Sen. Dana Young, R-Tampa, the bill’s sponsor, began her remarks by explaining the legislation is “concise and straightforward,” and “bans fracking of all types in Florida.”“I have filed this bill for my children and for all the current and future generations of Floridians who I believe deserve to have this same opportunity,” Young added while touting the state’s environment.Currently, there is no fracking in Florida due to a two-year moratorium enacted by a previous legislature. Concerns about the state’s porous limestone geology led to the temporary ban.Fracking involves injecting liquid compounds at high pressure into underground rock, which environmentalists say is extremely hazardous. The innovative technology has revolutionized the country’s energy industry over the past decade, bringing jobs and economic growth to participating states.Curiously, Young voted in favor of a pro-fracking bill last year although it ultimately died in an appropriations committee.But the Tampa legislator explained that Wednesday was a “new day.”“I’d like for all of you to stop focusing on the past,” she said.Watchdog photo/William PatrickBAN: Newly filed legislation by state Sen. Dana Young would abolish fracking in Florida.Part of Young’s recent past includes being elected to the state Senate. Young previously served in the Florida House for three terms and was the House majority leader last year. There, her leadership role included steering legislative strategies and assembling votes.That was then and this is now, said Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, a senior statesman also hailing from the Tampa Bay area.“We know the education that occurs when you move from the House to the Senate,” Latvala said.The jab was aimed at the more conservative House.“I was part of the group that took that bill down last year,” Latvala boasted.House leadership was noticeably absent from the handful of lawmakers comprising the new anti-fracking coalition. The highest ranking House member was Democratic Minority Leader Janet Cruz, also from Tampa.Cruz singled out her two interns during her remarks and said she owed them, their children and her grandchildren safe drinking water.Rep. Keith Perry, R-Orlando, evoked the Founding Fathers and said the anti-fracking bill continues their commitment to “posterity.”Sen. Gary Farmer, a South Florida Democrat, added, “The time has finally come to end this dangerous practice.”When asked if she supports fracking in other states, Young deflected and said she respected the “sovereignty” of each state to make its own decision.Intrastate regional sovereignty, however, is off-the-table.The Florida panhandle is more conducive to fracking than the limestone-based peninsula, and oil drilling is already a major economic industry in the northwest part of the state. Improving it through fracking technology would be impossible if the bill passes.The event concluded with a shot at conservative House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, who’s made headlines taking on what he’s called “Gucci-wearing lobbyists.”“Perhaps the Gucci-wearing lobbyists can convince Speaker Corcoran to oppose this legislation, but I doubt it,” one lawmaker said.Moments later, Latvala could be heard teasing about how Gucci-wearing “trial lawyers” might convince Corcoran to support the bill — to raucous approval from his colleagues.The state legislative session starts March 7.Without buy-in from the House, Corcoran could have the last laugh. 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NewsCrime & CourtConcern in Limerick over Ballyhahill shootingBy Alan Jacques – June 12, 2014 841 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter TAGSAdare-Rathkeale municipal districtBallyhahillCllr Emmett O’BrienlimerickNewcastle West Gardai Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WhatsApp Email Cllr Emmett O’BrienA SHOOTING incident in the village of Ballyhahill last week has increased the growing sense of fear and isolation within the local community, according to a local public representative.Gardai in Newcastle West are investigating an incident last Friday morning when a volley of shots was discharged at a house in the village. No one was injured and it is understood the house may have been unoccupied at the time.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Independent councillor for the Rathkeale-Adare area, Emmett O’Brien described the incident as alarming and says it comes only weeks after he called for a sergeant to be assigned to Askeaton Garda Station.“This incident only increases the growing sense of fear and isolation that people feel in this constituency and we need quick and decisive action from the government to give the Gardaí more resources.“The local Gardai are doing their best with limited resources but not having a permanent and highly visible presence is having profound social consequences for the people of Askeaton, Foynes and Ballyhahill,” he said.He says that increased patrol hours and increased Garda visibility is needed in communities across County Limerick.“This will not only give comfort to the locals but will also give solid support to local Gardai who are working so hard to prevent crime,” he suggested.Witnesses to the shooting should contact Newcastle West Gardaí on 061-20650. Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleNew Limerick councillors show their word is goodNext articleHorslips to play Limerick Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR