On Monday, the Osceola County Commission passed an ordinance that prohibits oil and gas exploration practices that involve well stimulation, this includes the controversial practice known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
The votes passed swiftly and unanimously with no comments offered from the public. Osceola County joins the rest of the tri-county area, along with many other counties in the state that have passed ordinances or resolutions against fracking.
While supporters say fracking is a source for affordable energy, opponents worry about the effects it could have on a community’s drinking water adding to the state’s already elevated concerns over water quality.
Other issues tackled by the commission during the meeting included opening up curbside pick up for multi family communities, who previously fell outside of the scope of the county.