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How FPMA Can Continue to Lead the Industry
nvironmental stewardship is an ethic that embodies cooperative planning and management of environmental resources to facilitate their long-term sustainability. Since its inception, the FPMA has led the industry in protecting the state’s natural resources through cooperative planning, management and judicious use of its James D. Hirsch financial assesses. This stewardship attitude was essential in the development of the Florida Petroleum Cleanup Program (Program) administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). The Program is funded by the Inland Protection Trust Fund (IPTF), which collects a tax on each barrel of petroleum oil sold in our state. The Program is one of the leading instruments for protecting and rehabilitating Florida’s drinking water resource, groundwater. As important, the Program is the number one tool for cleaning up petroleum-impacted properties so that they can be redeveloped and continue to add to our state’s economy through the creation of jobs and commercial growth. Without these things, environmental stewardship becomes increasingly difficult. Governor Rick Scott has challenged FDEP and the petroleum industry to streamline the Program so that petroleum-impacted sites can be cleaned up faster, better and less expensively, with the ultimate goal of protecting our natural resources and strengthening our economy. In essence, the governor has asked us to be better stewards. The FDEP has recently reached out to the FPMA Environmental Committee and asked for help in streamlining the Program. As this article is being composed, the FPMA is working with FDEP to improve the Program. In addition, FPMA has agreed to take the lead in conducting this work in a cooperative manner by working closely with other industry organizations such as the Florida Association of Professional Geologist (FAPG), Florida Groundwater Association (FGWA) and the Florida Petroleum Council (FPC).
How to Lead in Environmental Stewardship
For FPMA to continue to lead the industry in environmental stewardship, our organization must continue develop and improve in the following areas:
Membership We need to increase our membership. Strength in numbers is critical to the success of our organization. By expanding our membership this increases our influence throughout our entire state. Expanding membership will also continue to provide us the financial base that is needed to market our organization, provide educational programs and fund legislative efforts important to the organization. Political Activism Now more than ever, being politically active is a necessity for getting what you want. This means educating our legislators on the issues that matter most to our members. Th is can be done through legislative meetings and/or grassroot efforts. This also means financially supporting key political allies, and organizing and attending political gatherings. continued on page 29
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Fall 2011
Welcome, New Board Members
FPMA 2011 Convention and Sunshine Food & Fuel Expo!
FPMA Featured Advertiser Marketplace
Lien On Who?!
Out and About the Industry
Conference of Committees
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Fall 2011