Sierra Club

Sabal Trail Transmission, LLC. / https://infopost.spectraenergy.com/InfoPost/STTHome.asp?Pipe=STT

The Sabal Trail Pipeline is up and running, pumping natural gas some 515 miles from Alabama to Central Florida. But environmental concerns and legal challenges remain.

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, a rising star in the Florida Democratic Party, is once again taking Republican lawmakers to task.

After Florida voters gave the nod to pro-conservation candidates and saw through the utility industry’s $25 million campaign to squelch solar power, environmentalists say the time is right for a complete ban on hydraulic fracturing.

The Sierra Club is asking a federal appeals court to block a proposed, 700-mile gas pipeline that would link Alabama and Georgia with Florida power plants. Jim Ash has more.

Sierra Club

House and Senate leaders say are patting themselves on the back for writing a new statewide water policy and spending more to restore the Everglades. But environmentalists are giving the 2016 session mixed reviews.

Rachel Kramer via Flickr

Environmental Activists don’t want Florida’s state parks to be used for hunting, timbering or agricultural grazing. They met this weekend to raise concerns at 11 start parks including Wakulla Springs.

Sponsors of a major rewrite of the state’s water policy are claiming victory after easy passage during the first week of the legislative session. But critics are asking Governor Rick Scott for a veto. They say the bill will do little to protect Florida’s freshwater springs, Lake Okeechobee or the Everglades.

Wiki Watchee Springs

A massive, industry friendly rewrite of state water policy continued churning through the Senate Wednesday.  Some critics contend the policy changes are a mile wide and only a few inches deep.

cow.com

Convinced the state is setting aside too many acres for conservation, some conservative lawmakers want to blur the distinction between private and public land. As Jim Ash reports, plans are in the works to open up public preserves for so called “low impact” agriculture.

Florida House of Representatives

A controversial growth management bill is growing less so. Environmentalists and local governments persuaded the sponsor, Republican Representative Mike La Rosa of St. Cloud, to back off a hot-button issue.

Florida House of Representatives

The same Republican leaders who are pushing to rewrite state water policy apparently aren’t satisfied. Now House leaders are taking their scissors to the massive rule book that governs all the new growth in Florida.

Bill Outlawing 'Shark Finning' Advances

Mar 6, 2014
KQED Public Radio / Flickr

Shark fishing would remain legal, but shark “finning” would be outlawed under a bill heard for the first time Thursday.

Sen. David Simmons’ (R-Altamonte Springs) legislation seeks to crack down on the manufacture of shark fin soup and homeopathic medical products made from shark fins. Nature watchers including the Sierra Club back the measure, which they say would help stop an inhumane practice which leaves the sharks from which the fins are gathered cast off or left to die.

Kim Seng

Representative Jimmy Patronis (R-Panama City) says his bill will cut red tape for Florida’s farmers by removing excess regulations.  Currently, county governments in Florida can set standards for wetlands and springs protection and drilling wells. Patronis’s bill would take some of that ability away from local governments and leave it to the state. But Lee County lobbyist Sarah Bleakly says her county’s diverse environment requires local regulation.

What The Water 'Declaration' Actually Does

Jan 24, 2014
Gaz Haywood / Flickr Creative Commons

Water issues are taking center stage in the run up to Florida’s 2014 legislative session, and this week environmental activists joined together to declare that every Floridian has the right to clean water. They’re pressuring politicians to sign a recently-drafted “declaration” of water rights that was the subject of statewide rallies this week. But, since the declaration is neither petition, nor legislation, some wonder: to what end?

Bill Aiming To Draw Manufacturing Ires Environmentalists

Feb 1, 2013

Florida counties would be able to approve manufacturing site permits faster and with less state oversight if a bill in the legislature becomes law. But that sped up approval process is raising environmental concerns.