PRESENTATION: “Bomb Trains” and the Fracked Gas Infrastructure Threat in Florida. ” Brooke Errett is the Senior Florida Organizer at Food & Water Watch. She is based in Largo and works throughout the Tampa Bay region and state to enact bold climate policies to move us off of fossil fuels. Currently, she is fighting to stop the build out of liquified fracked gas (LNG) infrastructure throughout Florida and to get co-sponsors to the Future Generations Protection Act.
Despite the known risks of transporting fracked gas by rail, volatile “bomb trains” are traveling up and down Florida’s East Coast, supplying export facilities and endangering communities along the way. In the last five years, Florida has been at the center of a fracked gas infrastructure buildout, with export facilities already operating in Jacksonville and Miami, and others proposed for Tampa Bay and the Panhandle. Energy corporations may be willing to jeopardize people’s safety and the future of our climate, but we’re not. Join us to find out how to hold our elected officials accountable and stop the buildout of this destructive industry before it’s too late.
Brooke, born in Clearwater who is a lifelong resident of Tampa Bay, focuses her work primarily on moving Congressional targets to ban fossil fuels and fossil fuel infrastructure and transition to renewable energy sources from solar, wind and tidal sources. She also supports local and state work on protecting food and water resources. Brooke is a founding member and facilitator of the Tampa Bay Climate Alliance, an alliance of individuals, communities and organizations working within the six county Tampa Bay region.
As a leader in the statewide effort to ban fracking, Brooke was the state coordinator for Floridians Against Fracking and successfully got then-candidate Governor Ron DeSantis on the record in support of a fracking ban. Through successful dissemination and mobilization, this led to a DeSantis executive order on Day 3 in office calling on DEP to “adamantly oppose” fracking. Prior to working at Food & Water Watch, Brooke worked on over 40 political campaigns as a campaign manager, advisor and field director. Through her political work, she managed volunteer networks of hundreds of individuals and led training workshops and actions statewide.
She has worked for several nonprofits including Environment Florida, Florida Consumer Action Network and PBS as a fundraising canvasser. Brooke also managed a field campaign for NextGen Climate to pass Amendment 1, the Florida Water and Land Conservation Initiative. She was also an adjunct law professor of advocacy at Fordham University. She earned her BA in Political Science at the University of Florida prior to getting her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.