Failed fracking bill would have helped Collier, Rep. Rodrigues says at forum

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster, (@Jenna_Buzzacco)

A registry tracking the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing might have alleviated some of the heartburn Collier County residents, lawmakers and environmental activists are experiencing because of unauthorized drilling near Immokalee.

Rep. Ray Rodrigues, R-Estero, said the Dan A. Hughes Co. would have been required to report all of the chemicals injected into the ground when it performed an enhanced extraction procedure at the Collier-Hogan well, south of Lake Trafford near Immokalee.

“Here’s the thing. It happened in December. We’re now in May,” Rodrigues said. “And we still don’t know what they put in the ground.”

Rodrigues said that wouldn’t be allowed under his proposal (HB 71), the Fracturing Chemical Usage Disclosure Act.

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