Florida Senate - 2017 SJR 108 By Senator Farmer 34-00222-17 2017108__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing the creation of Section 3 30 of Article X of the State Constitution to establish 4 public policy against certain types of well 5 stimulation in order to protect the state’s water 6 resources, and to prohibit extreme well stimulation. 7 8 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 That the following creation of Section 30 of Article X of 11 the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 12 the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 13 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 14 authorized by law for that purpose: 15 ARTICLE X 16 MISCELLANEOUS 17 SECTION 30. Extreme well stimulation.— 18 (a) PUBLIC POLICY. It is the policy of the state to protect 19 and conserve the quality of the state’s water resources. 20 Hydraulic fracturing and other forms of well stimulation present 21 a significant and impermissible risk of contamination of these 22 critical resources. Therefore, it is the duty of the state to 23 prohibit these hazardous resource extraction activities within 24 its borders. 25 (b) DEFINITION. For the purposes of this section, the term 26 “extreme well stimulation” means all stages of a well 27 intervention performed by injecting fluids into a rock formation 28 at a high pressure that exceeds the fracture gradient of the 29 rock formation in order to propagate fractures in the rock 30 formation to increase production at an oil or gas well by 31 improving the flow of hydrocarbons from the formation into the 32 wellbore. The term also includes, but is not limited to, acid 33 fracturing, matrix acidizing, pneumatic fracturing, fracturing 34 with dynamic loading, and other techniques the purpose of which 35 is to physically deform the rock formation in such a manner as 36 to significantly increase the flow of hydrocarbons from the 37 formation into the wellbore. The term does not include routine 38 well cleanout work; routine well maintenance; routine treatment 39 for the purpose of removal of rock formation damage due to 40 drilling or other well construction activity; any bottom hole 41 pressure survey; any routine activity that does not affect the 42 integrity of the well or the rock formation; the removal of 43 scale or precipitate from well perforations, casing, or tubing; 44 or a gravel pack treatment that does not exceed the formation 45 fracture gradient. 46 (c) PROHIBITION. Engaging in extreme well stimulation is 47 prohibited in this state. 48 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 49 placed on the ballot: 50 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 51 ARTICLE X, SECTION 30 52 PROHIBITION AGAINST HYDRAULIC FRACTURING AND OTHER FORMS OF 53 WELL STIMULATION.—Proposing an amendment to the State 54 Constitution to ban hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing, 55 matrix acidizing, pneumatic fracturing, fracturing with dynamic 56 loading, and certain other types of oil and gas well stimulation 57 activities that deform underground rock formations; and 58 providing exemptions to this prohibition for routine well 59 cleaning, treatment, maintenance, and other routine well 60 activities that do not affect well or rock formation integrity.