Yes, the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is at it again. Well, they never have stopped dictating your every action, but this is just another example of what they are doing.
Tuesday the Commission will vote on a Resolution supporting never allowing Fracking in the State. Guess they must love GRU’s biomass plant with the highest electric rates in the state and dislike of business potential.
Here is a copy of the language-
Realizing that the vote will be in the morning while most are working, please send an email with your comments. You can either send one email to the whole Board at BOCC@Alachuacounty.us
or individually to each Commissioner-
Mike Byerly, District 1, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee Pinkoson, District 2, email@example.com
Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson, Vice Chair - District 3, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Cornell, District 4, KCornell@alachuacounty.us
Charles “Chuck” Chestnut, IV, Chair - District 5, email@example.com
Just cut and paste the address and your good to go.
Below is further information that has been submitted to the Board for their consideration.
In regards to the Resolution banning fracking under consideration by the Alachua County Commission
The proposed resolution, among other factors, ignores the fact that there is alternative legislation in development that may be more effective at regulating oil and gas wells than HB 169. Please consider the following:
I. What subject matter experts were consulted in the preparation of this resolution? Oil and gas permitting within the state of Florida is via the Oil and Gas Program within the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FL DEP), the same agency that protects our water resources. Their authority is established by Florida Statute 377 and the Florida Administrative Code.
- · Department of Environmental Protection, Oil and Gas Program web site:http://www.dep.state.fl.us/
- · Florida Statutes, Chapter 377
- · Rules 62C-25 through 30, Florida Administrative Code
- · A knowledgeable point of contact in the FL DEP: Levi Sciara, Engineering Specialist, Oil and gas Program, 850 245 8406, Levi.Sciara@dep.state.fl.us.
- · Section 377.07, F.S., establishes FL DEP’s authority for overseeing the law
- · Section 377.21, F.S., establishes FL DEP jurisdiction for oil and natural gas across the state.
- · Section 377.242, F.S., authorizes the FL DEP to issue permits.
- · The Florida Geological Survey also provides resources for oil and gas including extensive information regarding ground structure within Florida. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/
Was the FL DEP consulted in preparation of this resolution? Is the commission claiming that the FL DEP is incapable of regulating oil and gas wells?
II. A resolution this sweeping deserves a hearing where the public and Commissioners can hear from subject matter experts from all viewpoints. What is the rush to pass this resolution without opportunity for public review and comment?
III. Statements by government officials based on scientific reports. Here is a sampling of statements by government officials regarding Fracking:
A. Paraphrasing from an article on the Energy in Depth web site:
President Obama’s U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has offered a sharp rebuke for local, regional and statewide bans on hydraulic fracturing in comments made to Northern California NPR. Citing the regulatory confusion created by a patchwork of local and regional bans and her belief that fears associated with hydraulic fracturing are not founded in “sound science,” Jewell stated “I would say that is the wrong way to go,”.
Jewell, who has previously stated that hydraulic fracturing “has been done safely for decades,” also specifically addressed New York’s recent permanent ban on hydraulic fracturing. Citing misinformation and a lack of understanding of the science behind the process, Jewell did not mince words on where she stands on the state’s course of action: “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,” Jewell said of New York’s decision last month to ban fracking. “I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it, and I think there needs to be more science.”
From Energy In Depth, “Obama’s Interior Secretary Says Fracking Bans are ‘Wrong Way to Go’ January 2, 2015, by Randy Hildreth. see http://energyindepth.org/
B. From Philly.com: Fracking is making state and Phila. energy leaders
Posted: Monday, February 2, 2015, 1:07 AM, By Kevin L. Colosimo. Read more athttp://www.philly.com/philly/
“Beyond all of that, the claim that is driving the calls for a ban – fracking is hazardous – simply is not true.
Fracking, done responsibly, is safe. Steven Chu, the former energy secretary and no fan of fossil fuels, has said so. Ernest Moniz, the current energy secretary, has said so. Ken Salazar, the former interior secretary, has said so. Lisa Jackson, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, told Congress that she knew of no proof that fracking has ever contaminated groundwater.
Meanwhile, studies from the EPA, the Groundwater Protection Council, and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission have all concluded the process does not pose a risk to the environment. A technical report from the Department of Energy that focused on Greene County, Pa., found “there was no detectable upward migration of gas or fluids from the hydraulically-fractured Marcellus Shale” into drinking water aquifers. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology studied the potential risks of fracking and uncovered “no incidents of direct invasion of shallow water zones by fracture fluids during the fracturing process.”"
IV. The resolution ignores certain facts about oil and gas in Florida:
Concerning impact of oil and gas drilling on contamination of water resources: According to Levi Sciara, FL Department of Environmental Protection:
- · The practical limit of Florida’s water resources is about 1,500 feet due to salinity. (The internet states the maximum depth of the aquifer is 2,000 feet)
- · Fracking is a deep well process. The fracking mixture is injected into oil deposits at the bottom of the well.
- · Florida’s oil and, thus, oil wells are located in SW FL (The Sunniland formation) as well as the NW corner of the FL panhandle (The Jay field, among others). According to the Florida Geological Survey, Tallahassee, FL, depth to production in the SW FL Sunniland formation averages 11,500 feet below MSL and in the NW FL Jay field production averages about 15,100 feet. Many wells have been permitted by the FL DEP and are operating in these two locations. Detailed production information can be obtained from periodic reports from the Florida Geological Survey.
- · Why fracking? Among other reasons, Fracking allows the driller to drill one well with multiple horizontal bores at the bottom as opposed to multiple vertical wells into the same field, reducing the number of oil wells.
- · From an environmental standpoint, the most dangerous phase of drilling a well is when the well is drilled through the upper portion of the land passing through the aquifer. For that reason, the government requires the driller to use a two or three walled casing in that region to prevent any leakage into or out of the well. The FL DEP has inspectors who spend full time, 24/7, on the well site during this case installation process.
Consider the above information: If you are concerned about polluting water, there is about 8,000 ft of land mass between the fracking site and the aquifer (10,000 ft oil well depth less 2000 ft bottom of acquifer = 8,000 ft in between). If you are concerned about polluting water, what is the better alternative, 4 or 5 or 6 wells punched through the aquifer if fracking can’t be used or just the single well that fracking allows?
It is with much sadness and a heavy heart that I must inform you that my friend and fellow Gainesville Tea Party member, Paula Helton, passed away Saturday after a short illness. Although Paula could not be active in this group for some time, she remained a staunch patriot until the end. She worked so hard to save our Republic, but as of late she came to believe her efforts were in vain. I can’t help but wonder if this had some part in her passing?
Rest in peace, Paula – I’m going to miss you, you feisty old girl!
So sorry for the loss on the Alachua County Politburo (Commission). A sad day for Liberty here at home, but in general, a huge win!
Tuesday November 4th, election day, is almost here and let’s face it, there are TWO main races that will affect your future.
Alachua County Commission district 4 and Governor of Florida. Yes you still need to cast your vote for the small government candidates in all the races but if you look at the polls they should be pretty safe.
Alachua County Commission district 4: The winner of this race will swing the commission one way or the other.
If you have done your research or attended the Gainesville Tea Party Debate you will see that there is a clear distinction between the two candidates. Only one truly believes and has consistently stressed the need for a limited government that should focus on core services and protect all private property and that’s John Martin.
Last week we posted a video by Terry Martin-Back who made some very valid points about the future direction of the county and the election. Click here to watch http://youtu.be/wasHW5zfcMU
Depending on the role YOU believe government should play in the County, your choice is simple.
Florida Governor: If the wrong person wins this race it will make the high energy prices brought to us by the disastrous Biomass plant look like amateur hour. Yes, Charlie Crist has already stated that global warming is a serious concern and that he will ensure that green energy takes a front seat in Florida. While he’s at it he might as well make carbon credits/Tax a reality. If the State of Florida developed a backbone to NULLIFY disastrous Federal regulations, via the Tenth Amendment, Crist would only stand in the way.
For all our Libertarian friends who are hoping for a Hail Mary for Libertarian candidate Adrian Wyllie, go ahead and cuss me out, but the 4% or 5% that he may garner will hurt all of us, the State and YOU if it helps Crist win. You’ve heard our explanation on how to move forward and make a real difference within the two party system so I will not bore everyone with it now.
If you are reading this email you have already or are certainly planning to vote on Tuesday but we NEED MORE. The two races above are overlooked many times by voters as not important since they are not Federal races. We cannot afford that. Do not hesitate to talk to all your family members, co-workers, church members, friends and ex’s (yes it is that important). No, you are not seeing Tea Party rallies as in the past, but that is in large part due to millions of Tea Party supporters working with Parties, Candidates and Organizations to help turn the Nation, States, Counties and Cities around.
Here is a great youtube video sent to us by Terry Martin-Back about County Elections. Beyond being a great patriot who served his country in the military, Terry is a local Realtor and contractor who continues to serve the community.
As one of the moderators of this side I am using my executive privilege to post this COMMON sense video.
The Tea Party Network will be having many great speakers at the two day TTPN – 2014 and Beyond Conference. You will be given information and updates on issues facing our state and nation such as immigration, education, ethics reform, property rights, and of course the November election. We will be placing a heavy focus on repealing Common Core since full implementation will occur this year in Florida.. CLICK HERE to review and print the REVISED two day schedule.
Please plan on attending the TTPN – 2014 and Beyond Conference September 12th and 13th. The conference will be held at the Days Inn, 2390 North US Highway 27, Clermont, FL. (Florida Turnpike Exit 285). This meeting is open to all Tea Party supporters. CLICK HERE to download the brochure for sharing. Please make your conference reservation on the Eventbrite website. There is a $12 fee for each day which includes your lunch. If you would rather send in your reservation, please CLICK HERE to print out the reservations form.
Hotel reservations can be made by calling the Days Inn (352) 429-0483. Ask for the TTPN Rate: $45/night.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Clermont.
From Florida Stop Common Core Coalition:
H/T: John Beck
Last night challenger Jake Rush proved that the old adage, the problem with political jokes is they get elected, isn’t always true.
Ocala Star-Banner, Ocala.com:
Published: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 10:03 p.m.
An acrimonious and sometimes loopy battle for the conservative heart of North Central Florida has ended, with voters giving incumbent freshman Rep. Ted Yoho an overwhelming victory in the 3rd District Republican primary.
With all but a handful of precincts reporting, Yoho received 79.32 percent of the 46,953 votes cast in a landslide victory over challenger Jake Rush, a lawyer from Gainesville. Yoho spent $452,000 to Rush’s $198,000, and still had $302,000 on hand as of Aug. 6.
“There was a lot of anxiety leading up to this moment,” Yoho told a cheering crowd of supporters at Perry Plantation & Kennels, a stone mansion in the middle of a pasture east of Gainesville. “The third is the best district in Florida. You showed us that you like what we are doing for you and we are going to work harder for you.” Read more at ocala.com.
Two term conservative congressman Justin Amash (R, Michigan) has endorsed Ted Yoho in his reelection bid against challenger Jake Rush.
Rush, a Gainesville attorney, has made headlines for his role playing hobby (source: Gainesville Sun, SaintPetersBlog), for his ruthless attack ads on Congressman Yoho, and large contributions to his campaign from a super PAC Florida Conservatives United (source: FactCheck.org) which is run by his father and aunt who are both Democrats.
Congressman Amash has recently won his primary after a vicious campaign which was so filled with smear tactics; it was called the nastiest in the country. Amash lashed out in his victory speech where he pulled no punches. Watch a portion of it here:
Video Hat Tip: Rod Gonzalez
Many of you live in Florida Congressional District 3 and have no doubt received flyers from both candidates. And like me I am sure you are tired of personal attacks and lies. Please review the links below for unbiased comments from third parties about the candidates and the race.
Factcheck.org published a story on Jake Rush and his father. Factcheck.org found that all of Rush’s accusations were FALSE.
Plum Creek Timber Company’s development plans are fast becoming a heated controversy in our community. County Commissioner Mike Byerly is vehemently opposed to Plum Creek and is trying to defeat its plans for development in the eastern portion of Alachua County. This is the opportunity to learn the facts: Who is Plum Creek? What is their goal? How will it benefit Alachua County and the surrounding area? Attend the General Membership meeting tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, 10:00 AM for the facts as we are happy to host Plum Creek’s Rose Fagler for a presentation and answers to your questions.
Could this be Agenda 21 vs Plum Creek? Attend and find out.
Should private property rights be thrown under the bus? You decide!
When: Saturday July 26 2014. 10:00 AM
Location: Countryside Baptist Church, 10926 NW 39th Ave, Gainesville
DON’T MISS IT!
I received this tweet from GTP member Jim Sharp yesterday:
We ENCOURAGE YOU to ATTEND the NEXT Alachua County Commission meeting and join the crowd of citizens who are committed to being there. Show your support for the right to vote on Tuesday, 6/24. Your attendance may make all the difference in getting two initiatives brought forth by the citizens of FixAlachua.com on to the November ballot for a vote in Alachua County.
Issue #1: Term Limits for County Commissioners. 2 consecutive terms of 4 years or 8 years total.
Issue #2: Single Member districts for the County Commission. The sole reason single member districts were created was to ensure minority voices are heard.
It is IMPORTANT to understand that the citizens are NOT asking to make a choice on these two initiatives, ONLY to have them put on the ballot for a vote. Citizens are asking county commissioners NOT TO SUPPRESS the vote or block access to voting because of self interest. Currently, the City of Gainesville, the State of Florida and the Federal Government have single member districts and term limits.
Even thought the organization that was tasked with getting the petitions needed to add these items to the ballot never really got off the ground, the county residents still had Bruce Nelson.
Mr. Nelson has shown the Commissioners that this is a very worth while and valid vote for the residents to have, and as such, the Commission will debate and vote on whether to add it to the ballot for YOU to vote on it.
Meeting starts at 5:30pm- (arrive early for a good seat)
Where: County Administration Building
Room 209, 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
We look forward to seeing you there. We encourage you to bring a friend and see how the process of local government works if you’ve never attended a commission meeting before!
Do you remember the Fire Assessment that the County wanted to institute several years ago? It was only due to the 200+ residents showing up to show their displeasure that it did not pass. You can have an effect on this too.
An Op-Ed by Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America
The Obama administration wants to be clear: they’re very, very angry over the dysfunctional state of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where reports of falsified wait lists and delayed care at VA medical centers are growing into a national scandal for the executive branch.
Specifically, administration officials say they’re “mad as hell.” That’s how VA Secretary Eric Shinseki described his response to the scandal in testimony to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee last week. Read more at foxnews.com.
The VA scandal has hit “home” as it has reached the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center here in Gainesville.