Madison County Commission Meets to Combat Fracking

Madison County Commission Meets to Combat Fracking
Posted at 9:18 PM, Mar 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-23 21:18:00-04

MADISON, Fl. (WTXL) -- The Madison County Commission met this evening to discuss new items on the agenda including the review of a planned ordinance that would prevent fracking in the county.

The ordinance did not get passed during the meeting, but the agenda did call for the discussion of the pending ordinance, making sure it would be ready for approval.

"Tonight is just a rough draft on the ordinance that the Board of County Commissioners will approve tonight for the [county] attorney to advertise", said Allen Cherry, County Coordinator. "When they advertise it, then they should be back before the Commission in three weeks for them to officially approve and put it into an ordinance."

The Madison Garden Club, part of the Federation of Garden Clubs Inc., opposes fracking and the Federation wants to make sure all of Florida follows with banning fracking.

"In the process of fracking, millions of gallons of water are used," said Susan Mohnen, president of the Madison Garden Club. "That water is contaminated after it is used for fracking [and] also the geology of our aquifer would be damaged."

According to the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., 35 counties and 49 cities have passed resolutions or ban ordinances on fracking.

The Madison County Commission will meet again on April 13th, when they are likely to then approve the ordinance.