A bill regulating the practice died Tuesday in a Florida Senate committee when the sponsor pulled it from consideration. The Appropriations committee had voted down the bill Thursday but a procedural move allowed for a hearing to reconsider it. Dozens of opponents were in the committee room, like zombie hunters waiting to spring into action if Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, attempted to resurrect the proposal...]
[...Richter acknowledged the passion fracking generates among his opponents and said he respected their activism. He also has said some of their comments indicated they were misinformed. He lashed out at one of his critics, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, accusing a spokeswoman of being disingenuous. He said the Conservancy had requested many changes in the proposal and those changes were made.
Given that these same Republicans have sought to keep the public in the dark as to what chemicals would be used in the process and would potentially poison their drinking water, it's a pretty rich excuse to attack your opponents for simply being "misinformed."
Fact-free lawmaker tantrums aside, Floridians can safely drink their water. At least for now.