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Sea turtles get sucked into Florida power plant

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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — More than one protected sea turtle a day, on average, has been sucked into a St. Lucie County nuclear power plant property in the nearly a decade it has taken for the federal government to approve pipe grate that could prevent the problem. A Treasure Coast Newspapers investigation (http://bit.ly/1TpYTC4 ) has found that amounts ...

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Florida fracking bill dies in Senate committee

Florida fracking bill dies in Senate committee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida Senate bill that would require the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to study and create regulations for fracking is essentially dead. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday refused to reconsider the bill after narrowly voting against it last week. The bill had been kept alive on a procedural move, but the sponsor didn’t ask ...

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Palm Beach County board OKs resolution backing state fracking ban

WESTPALM BEACH — Palm Beach County commissioners Tuesday voted 6-1 to approve a resolution calling for a statewide ban on “fracking” for oil and natural gas — but not necessarily forever. The process of hydraulic fracturing injects water, along with acid or other chemicals, underground to extract oil or natural gas. According to a county staff memo, similar resolutions have ...

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New hunt for oil in Florida raises environmental concerns

MIAMI — Renewed hunts for oil in sensitive Florida ecosystems have environmental groups raising questions about the state’s regulation of the oil and gas industry. A Miami company, Kanter Real Estate LLC, has submitted a permit application to drill an exploratory oil well on the eastern edge of the Everglades. Meanwhile, federal approval is pending for a seismic survey meant ...

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Florida House passes fracking regulation bill

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The House passed a bill Monday to study and regulate fracking, as well as prevent local governments from banning the oil and gas drilling practice. Democrats strongly opposed the bill, saying hydraulic fracturing would put the water supply at risk and the practice should instead be banned. But Republicans said fracking isn’t regulated right now and the ...

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Drilling leases lurk 25 miles off PCB

PANAMA CITY BEACH – As federal officials discuss possible leases with companies to drill for oil or natural gas more than 125 miles offshore Panama City Beach, several drilling opponents said they were unaware there already are active leases as close as 25 miles from Panama City Beach. Within 60 miles of the coastline of Panama City Beach are 10 ...

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Alachua County supports Florida fracking ban

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Local officials in north Florida have passed a resolution supporting a statewide ban on fracking in the state. Alachua County commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to support two bills in the state Legislature that would ban the practice in Florida. Fracking is a process where water, sand and chemicals are shot at high pressure into underground rock formations ...

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Lax drilling legislation poses threat to Southwest Florida water supply, environmental advocate says

NAPLES, Fla. — Lawmakers need to shore up rules to prevent another debacle like the one that happened at the Collier Hogan well at the end of 2013, an environmental advocate said Monday. At a luncheon at Hilton Naples, Jennifer Hecker, director of natural resource policy for the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, told more than 50 League of Women Voters ...

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