MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Taking a proactive measure to protect the county’s water supply, the Miami-Dade commission has passed a ban on well stimulation, including the process known as “fracking,” for gas or oil exploration.READ MORE: Self Proclaimed "Witch" Shannon Ryan Charged With Second Degree Murder In Leila Cavett's Disappearance
“We cannot accept the risks to our quality of life and economy associated with fracking,” said Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, prime sponsor of the ordinance.READ MORE: Search For Missing Florida Teen Tristan Bailey Ends After Body Found, Teen Charged With Murder
The legislation prohibits land use for any process that involves injecting fluid into a rock formation. The fluid used for fracking includes a host of additives such as caustic acid or solvents, which would be detrimental to water supplies if they were to leach into local aquifers.
Representatives of organizations such as Urban Paradise Guild, Food and Water Watch and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida spoke in favor of the ban during a public hearing in September.MORE NEWS: ME: Florida Teen Tristyn Bailey Was Stabbed To Death, 13-Year-Old Suspect Is Classmate
The local ordinance was designed to avoid preemption by the state of Florida by using the County’s zoning laws to prohibit well stimulation.