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Chairman Pulls The Plug On Fracking Ban

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The fate of a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing appears sealed now that a powerful Republican is calling it quits.

Fleming Island Senator Rob Bradley says he will not schedule another meeting of the natural resources committee he chairs, the bill’s next stop. Bradley voted for the ban, but says it’s pointless to take up the measure when the House is refusing to go along.

“I make it a practice as a committee chair to not hear committee bills just for the heck of it. And if the House is not moving on a bill, then I see no reason to spend the valuable time of my colleagues hearing a bill that is not going anywhere.”

A handful of big issues are still hanging at the half-way point of the 60-day session. Environmentalists insist the controversial oil and gas drilling method is unsafe and are vowing to continue fighting for a ban.

A Miami native, former WFSU reporter Jim Ash is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, most of it in print. He has been a member of the Florida Capital Press Corps since 1992.