TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — A bill that would ban two forms of fracking for oil and gas in the state has cleared a House panel.READ MORE: COVID In Florida: 2,805 New Cases, 97 Additional Deaths Reported Tuesday
The House Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture and natural resources voted 10-2 on Tuesday for the bill which still permits a rock-dissolving technique called matrix acidizing.
Environmental groups say that is a loophole putting underground aquifers at risk of contamination from potentially dangerous chemicals. The petroleum industry also opposes the bill because it would hinder the use of other fracking techniques.READ MORE: UF Will No Longer Require Masks On Campus
Fracking uses high-pressure liquids to create cracks in the underground rock to allow pockets of oil and gas to flow freely.
Matrix acidizing is commonly used to clean and maintain wells.MORE NEWS: Gov. Ron DeSantis Signs Executive Order Pardoning All COVID-Related Charges & Arrests
A similar bill is moving in the Senate.