On Clearwater Beach Saturday, environmentalists plan to protest fracking — by showing what it actually does

To many Floridians, the dangers of cracking open the earth to harvest the raw fossil fuels stewing below are still very much in the abstract.

Fracking is a controversial practice, but except for in a small swath of southwest Florida where the practice has been illegally underway, we don’t have any idea how it would affect the landscape or environmental factors we take for granted — such as our naturally occurring underground water supply.

And for the past several years, lawmakers have sought to legalize fracking using the argument that then the practice would be regulated, as it currently isn’t in places like Collier County.


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