Fracking to be banned in Pinellas after new vote

Posted at 12:10 PM, Jun 08, 2016

The collection of gas and oil resources by means of fracking is set to be officially banned in Pinellas County after commissioners voted unanimously on the measure in a recent board meeting. 

The decision cites harm to the environment, air pollution, damage to the Floridan Aquifer and other health problems as main reasons to avoid the controversial practice.

"Today, our board solidified a pledge to vigorously protect and preserve Pinellas County's unique natural resources," said Commission Chairman Charlie Justice is a written statement. "This vote also reflects our steadfast commitment to protecting the health and wellbeing of current and future generations of Floridians."

Enforcement and penalties, as well as the full ordinance, can be found on the county website here.

The ordinance goes into effect after a state filing later this month.