Washington Post misinformed about popular opinion on Fracking

This week the Washington Post published an article that suggested possible alternatives to fracking ban bills that might be proposed during the 2017 session in Annapolis, Maryland.  Since a fracking ban bill has not been written, the Post led Maryland policy-makers in a conversation of hypotheticals. But in so doing exposed the misinformed position of at least one legislator from western MD.  Del Jason Buckel was quoted saying he did not believe there was significant opposition to fracking in western Maryland.  Read the full Washington Post article here.

Citizen Shale's Paul Roberts responded in a letter to the editor today, describing a number of public events and comments in which the vast majority of residents present openly opposed fracking for health, environmental, and economic reasons.  Read Roberts' letter here.

 

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Latest on Health Risks of Fracking

Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility has published a new paper analyzing the latest research and reports on health impacts of fracking.

"The peer-reviewed scientific literature now includes more than 700 studies on the impacts of unconventional gas development; most were published in just the last three years. Of the studies looking specifically at health impacts, more than 80 percent document risks or actual harms."

Health impacts observed include: endocrine-disrupting chemical exposure, cardiac and neurological damage, respiratory issues, skin irritations, high-risk pregnancies, and premature births.

Link:

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54949381e4b05fcc6a96c5c6/t/57f698edc534a51b9098b9f9/1475778798615/HealthEffectsofFrackingBriefChesapeakePSROctober2016DontFrackMD.pdf

 

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Public Event: Monday Nov 14 Economics and Fracking in Western MD

Join Citizen Shale and Delegate David Fraser- Hidalgo for an Open House and Presentation on Fracking's impact on our Economy and Tourism.

Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo will be Citizen Shale's featured guest this Monday Nov 14 for an event to help educate and inform western Maryland business leaders about the upcoming legislative session.  

The open house and networking event begins at 3 p.m. at 20330 Garrett Highway in Deep Creek Lake (on 219 between Bill’s Marine and Lakeside Creamery.) Del. Fraser-Hidalgo will arrive in the late afternoon, and make a formal presentation at 7 p.m. Citizen Shale representatives will be present all day to answer questions about fracking and its potential affects on the local economy. 

This is an opportunity for people in the tourism, recreation, farming and real estate sectors to speak directly with an influential legislator about concerns over fracking. Business owners can also use the opportunity to sign on to a statewide campaign of Business Leaders Against Fracking, or join the effort on-line at this link 

Fraser-Hidalgo's appearance is part of the Don't Frack Maryland Coalition's WEEK OF ACTION.

"We know there is strong opposition to fracking in Garrett County,” Fraser-Hidalgo said. “We’ve seen the polling. I look forward to hearing from businesses who fear they have so much to lose."

The Montgomery County Democrat was appointed by Del. Kumar Barve, chairman of the House Environment and Transportation Committee, to lead a year-long, bi-partisan subcommittee investigation of fracking's potential affects.

Chairman Barve has stated publicly that he wants to see a fracking ban pass the General Assembly in 2017. The legislation would be introduced in his committee.

 

Participate in Week Of Action Nov 14-18

The #DontFrackMD Coalition is organizing a WEEK OF ACTION! Hundreds of people across Maryland will come out November 14-18 to show support for a fracking ban during the upcoming legislative session.

You can find events on a Maryland map, here: http://www.dontfrackmd.org/week-of-action/

There will be a second event in western Maryland on November 17 directed toward local officials in Frostburg.

 

 

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ACTION: Meeting re Frostburg, MD Proposed Ban on Thursday Nov 10

Special Meeting to Advance a
Proposed Fracking Ban Ordinance 

On Thursday, November 10th, the Frostburg City Council will be holding a special session with members of Frack-Free Frostburg.  That meeting will determine if a proposed fracking  ban ordinance moves forward or not. 

Frack Free Frostburg has been working for the adoption of a municipal ordinance in the city of Frostburg that would ban fracking, both within the city limits and on city-owned land in Garrett County surrounding the city’s water supply.  According to community organizers, Frostburg is the largest municipality in the Marcellus Shale region in Maryland, and it supplies water to over 12,000 residents of western Allegany County. The city has invested over $5 million in recent years to enhance and protect the city’s water supply, which lies in Garrett County.

Over 600 individuals and 24 business owners in Frostburg have signed petition asking for the ban in Frostburg and on city-owned land.

At last month's City Council meeting almost 200 citizens attended calling for a ban within the city. Frostburg residents and allies must continue to show up in big numbers to show the City Council that they have the full support of their community to move ahead with a ban.  Please RSVP now pass on the link to and invite your neighbors!

Join Frack Free Frostburg on November 10th to take the next critical step toward a ban on fracking in Frostburg.  RSVP here to let organizers know you are coming. There will be a  a press conference directly ahead of the Thursday meeting.

Who should be there? Everyone who wants to protect Frostburg's water from fracking
What: Press Conference and City Council Meeting to determine the fate of the Frostburg Fracking Ban Ordinance.
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016.
5:30 pm Press conference 
6:00 pm City Council Special Session

Where: Frostburg Community Center, 27 South Water Street, Frostburg, MD

Across the state, we are building momentum for a statewide ban. Frederick County recently passed a resolution to support a statewide ban. And in Baltimore City and other cities across Maryland, ban bills and resolutions are moving forward. Recent polling shows that Marylanders want to ban fracking in our state –by a 2 to1 margin. 

Join us on November 10th to keep up the momentum for a frack-free future in Maryland, starting with a frack free Frostburg. RSVP at this link:  ttp://org.salsalabs.com/o/423/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=97981 

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POLL: Maryland AGAINST fracking by 2:1 margin

Marylanders DON'T WANT fracking

Poll: Md. Voters Support a Ban on Fracking By 2-to-1 Margin, Including in At-Risk Garrett County

Results show high voter intensity for a ban, widespread concern about water pollution and harm to health

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — With the clock winding down on Maryland’s two-year moratorium on fracking, a statewide poll of Maryland voters released today shows broad public support for permanently banning the risky drilling practice. In Garrett County, a prime target area for the oil and gas industry, voters oppose fracking by an even stronger margin.

The poll, conducted by the nonpartisan firm OpinionWorks, found that Maryland voters support a ban on fracking by a 2-to-1 margin, with a 56 percent majority supporting the ban and only 28 percent opposed. This poll follows on the heels of a recent Washington Post poll finding that a similarly strong majority of Marylanders opposes fracking.

The OpinionWorks poll provides additional insights for state legislators who will weigh legislation to ban fracking in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly. Key additional findings include:

  • In Garrett County, the margin of support for a fracking ban is more than 2-to-1, with 57% in support of a ban and only 27% opposed. (This result is based on statistically significant “oversampling” of voters in Garrett County, the first likely target shale for fracking in Maryland.)
  • By a 3-to-1 margin, voters say they are more likely to vote for a legislator who supports a fracking ban, with 40% more likely and only 13% less likely.
  • Voter intensity is significantly higher on the pro-ban side: 25% of voters are much more likely to support a pro-ban legislator, compared to only 7% who are much less likely.

“This new poll makes it clear that Maryland voters strongly support a ban on fracking,” said Senator Bobby Zirkin, D-Baltimore County, a longtime supporter of banning the practice, “strengthening the case that it is time for the Maryland General Assembly to act.”

Delegate Kumar Barve, D-Montgomery County, chair of the House Environment and Transportation Committee added, “In 2015, my committee passed a two-year moratorium on fracking so that we could understand the science and all the of the policy implications of hydraulic fracturing. This year we will take decisive action based on science and in the interest of all of the people of Maryland."

The poll also found that Marylanders have a wide variety of concerns about the significant risks of fracking. Contamination of water was the top concern cited — with one-third of voters worried about the risks — while harm to human and animal health was the second-biggest concern. Only 6% of voters statewide did not express concern about the risks of fracking.

“Western Marylanders recognize, as the poll shows, that most of our friends and neighbors don’t want fracking,” said Citizen Shale President Paul Roberts. “That is a message difficult to convey in Annapolis when our own representatives fail to speak up for us. So, now is the time for Maryland to move ahead, with legislative leaders committed to securing a healthy and sustainable future for our community and families.”

More than 100 organizations have endorsed the Don’t Frack Maryland campaign and are working to pass a ban on fracking in the upcoming General Assembly session. Unless state legislators take action, Governor Larry Hogan’s administration could allow industrial drilling operations to begin in Maryland soon after October 2017, when the state’s moratorium will expire.

"The movement to ban fracking in Maryland is only growing, and these poll numbers reflect that," said James McGarry, Maryland policy director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. "By banning fracking, Maryland legislators will not only be following the science, they'll be following the wishes of voters statewide."

In 2016, the town of Friendsville in Garrett County and Prince George’s County both passed local ordinances banning fracking, joining the town of Mountain Lake Park and Montgomery County. Members of the Anne Arundel County Council also recently wrote a letter urging their state legislative delegation to pass a fracking ban. Last week, nearly 200 citizens rallied in Frostburg and won a commitment from their City Council to advance a municipal ban on fracking.

“Governor Hogan has sought to keep a low profile on this issue, but the draft regulations released by his administration clearly indicate his intentions to frack our state,” said Mitch Jones, senior policy advocate at Food & Water Watch. “We know most Marylanders oppose fracking, so we’re urging state legislators to stand with the people, and stand up for a ban on fracking now.”

“It has been clear for several years that there is no safe way to regulate fracking,” said Josh Tulkin, director of the Maryland Sierra Club. “Health and environmental hazards are pervasive in every state that permits fracking. The only foolproof way to protect Marylanders from fracking is to keep it out of Maryland.”

ABOUT THE POLL: The OpinionWorks poll was commissioned by groups within the “Don’t Frack Maryland” coalition. For the statewide poll results, OpinionWorks surveyed 802 randomly selected registered voters across Maryland from August 18-30, 2016. The statewide poll has a potential sampling error of no more than 3.5% at a 95% confidence level. In addition to the statewide sample, 1,250 additional interviews were distributed across five selected legislative districts and Garrett County. The additional oversample interviews were conducted from September 1-28, 2016.

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Oct 20: Frack-Free Frostburg Rally before City Council Meeting

Frostburg, MD citizens will rally and attend City Council Meeting to call for a local ban on fracking

Following successful local ban campaigns across the state of Maryland, a citizens' group in Frostburg has called on the City Council to consider an ordinance banning fracking in that Town.  

 

On Thursday, October 20th jump on the BAN WAGON to show your support for a frack-free Frostburg. Help urge city leaders to ban fracking in the Town of Frostburg. Learn more on the Frack Free Frostburg Facebook page

What: *Frostburg "Get on the Ban Wagon" Rally and City Council Meeting 
When: *Thursday, October 20th. Rally begins at 6:15 p.m. The council meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
Where: *The rally will take place at Armstrong Insurance – 21 S. Water St., Frostburg, MD 21532. This is next to the Frostburg Community Center where the City Council meeting will be held.
Who Should be there: Concerned Frostburg residents and Western Marylanders

*Click here to RSVP.

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Take Action this Saturday, Autumn Glory Parade

This Saturday!

Join Us During Garrett County's AUTUMN GLORY PARADE

Saturday October 15: 9:30-12:30 prep time. 1:00 pm Autumn Glory Parade.

Please join Citizen Shale, DontFrackMD.org, and the Water Walk Maryland team as we welcome this year's Grand Marshal, Governor Larry Hogan.
Let’s make it clear to Governor Hogan
—respectfully—
that we do not want fracking in Maryland!

Reserve your new Citizen Shale T-shirt or a Don’t Frack Maryland Yard Sign to welcome Grand Marshal Governor Larry Hogan. 

To reserve your limited edition T-SHIRT ($15) or a Don’t Frack Maryland YARD SIGN ($5 suggested donation) contact info@citizenshale.org.

Citizen Shale #DontFrackMD event details:

WHEN and WHERE 
From 9:30 until parade time, we will be networking and making signs from our parade home base at 124 North 3rd Street, Oakland, 21550 (aka Rte 219, across from State Farm)  Come make a sign to hold on the sidelines.

We will be asking sign-holders to spread out along the route for the best opportunity to get our message to the Governor.

PARKING NOTE: There is no parking at our meet up location.  Please see map for free and paid parking options, or arrive early to secure free on-street parking.

Please encourage your friends and colleagues to come send a strong and peaceful message to Gov. Hogan. Here is a link to our facebook event.  
https://www.facebook.com/events/183318148743640/

Autumn Glory is Garrett County's showcase event of the year.  
Don't miss all 4 days of activities celebrating Mountain Maryland's culture and heritage.  

Thank you for participating,
CitizenShale.org

PLEASE NOTE: 

While there is no explicit rule about joining the parade in progress, the parade coordinators have asked us to announce that: 

Due to safety concerns: Security personnel will not allow parade-watchers on Saturday to spontaneously join the procession and become participants.  

If you choose to join the Water Walk, be at their space #90, near Brodak's Plaza before 1pm.  
Wear something BLUE in support of the Water Walkers!

 

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Follow the Water Walk Maryland

Walking Across Maryland to Support Fracking Ban

Oakland, Md. – Two Garrett County women will launch their “Water Walk Maryland,”  a 313-mile journey on foot across the state intended to highlight public concern about shale gas development, during the 2016 Autumn Glory Parade that Gov. Larry Hogan will officiate.

Kim Alexander, farmer from northern Garrett County, and Aeryn Boyd, artist and urban farmer from Howard County will complete Water Walk Maryland in mid-November at the natural gas export facility being built in Calvert County near Cove Point, where American gas will be shipped out of the country. They hope their trek will call attention to the value of Maryland’s freshwater while promoting the ban on fracking to be introduced in the General Assembly in January.

“I am walking because I fear the serious health risks fracking poses to the water, soil, creatures, and people,” says Kim Alexander, who owns a farm near Friendsville. “This walk is critical to the future of farming because without a fracking ban, it will be impossible to ensure safe, toxin-free food production at a time that small farms are thriving in our county.”

Alexander and Aeryn Boyd will walk the parade dressed in costumes representing fresh spring water and fracking brine to contrast the choice Maryland faces to ban or legalize fracking. “We are excited to celebrate water, singing and dancing behind the Grand Marshal, Gov. Hogan while also highlighting the potential consequence of fracking by carrying contaminated well water from Dimock, PA” said Boyd. “We hope our efforts help voters learn about the statewide Don’t Frack Maryland Coalition, which intends to enact a ban against this technology that, unless stopped, will commit our country to another generation of dependence on finite fossil fuels. ”

After leaving Oakland, the pair will venture north into Allegany County. They plan to be in Frostburg Oct. 16th through the 20th, when an ordinance to ban fracking within town limits is expected to be introduced at the City Council meeting.

Alexander, who is a board member of Citizen Shale, the community group engaged in anti-fracking efforts since the issue first developed in 2011, noted that Frostburg would become the third western municipality — along with Friendsville and Mountain Lake Park — to put in place a prohibition on gas development. Prince George’s and Montgomery counties have already instituted bans, and Charles County is expected to follow suit this fall. Several other counties and towns are taking up resolutions.

From Frostburg, Alexander and Boyd will hike the Great Allegheny Passage to Cumberland, and then continue east on the former C&O Canal on their way toward Washington, D.C.. But before arriving in Washington, Water Walk Maryland will make a stop in Myersville on Halloween weekend to light Jack-O-Lantern vigils. Myersville is a rural community where residents challenged but lost their fight against the building of a huge natural gas compressor station that town residents say spews harmful pollutants that they have to breathe. Despite zoning intended to prevent the station’s construction and a lengthy court battle, Cove Point owner Dominion Resources completed the facility in 2014.

“Fracking is broader than just the proposed wells in western Maryland,” explains Alexander “it also includes gas related infrastructure to move, process, compress, burn, liquify and export the gas, all of which pose negative environmental and health impacts.”

The women are planning a solution based permaculture event in Sandy Spring with Sherwood High School and passing through Washington on Election Day, before heading to Brandywine, Md., where a cluster of three natural gas-powered electricity generating stations are being proposed in the area, in addition to the other two already built. From there, they will head towards Lusby in southern Maryland, where Dominion is completing its liquefied natural gas refinery and export facility in a residential neighborhood of 20,000 people.   

“This water walk is an opportunity for all of us to become informed active stewards of our community and Mother Earth,” says Boyd. “We need to understand what the current relationships are between individual communities, big business, the environment, and our government. Together, we can unite around the need for a transition to sustainable energy technologies and healthy land practices.”

Water Walk Maryland may be followed via the duo’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/WaterWalkMD/ , with many events still be planned along the way. The general schedule is: Oct. 15: Oakland; Oct. 16-20: Frostburg/Cumberland; Oct. 29-31: Frederick/Myersville; Nov. 5: Sandy Spring; Nov. 8: Washington D.C.; Nov. 12: Brandywine; Nov. 16: Cove Point.  

To contact Water Walkers: 

Phone/text: 301. 523. 7306

Email: earthrootflower@gmail.com

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Property Rights -pipelines vs cemetaries

Here is a letter to Surface Land Owners regarding Rights of Way (ROW.) Apparently it is more difficult to reach a family cemetary than it is to install and maintain pipelines on private property.

In Maryland surface owner protections in relation to gas development (aka fracking) are not clearly articulated in law.  Eminemt Domain may transcend any attempt to protect lands leased by the surface or by a separate mineral owner, as well as by utilities connecting to the gas infrastructure.

My wife and I own property where two other property owners have a deeded ROW/easement across our property. Anyone could use this ROW, even unauthorized people, if we did not control it by having a locked gate and/or periodically checking people who use it. We can install gates on the ROW for control of our goats and horses, i.e., where they graze. Right now there are 3 gates through which the ROW users must go through and promptly close. So the deeded ROW does not prevent us from using the property as we see fit.

The video from the BBC details what visitors to family cemeteries where mountain top removal has taken place must typically do in West Virginia. Visitors have to “jump through several hoops” to visit such cemeteries. They have to schedule the visit in advance, wait for an escort, and undergo “hazard training”.

I visited several fracking sites two years ago where energy companies had uncontrolled access to well pads, across surface land they did not own. At that time, I questioned how such companies could do this without any input or control by the surface property owner. I understand the reality that many state’s laws give mining and energy companies the right to do almost anything they think they need to do in order to mine the coal or recover the gas/oil they are after. But do those same state laws mean that surface owners have no legal rights”? I don’t think so as this would surely be seen as a violation of their Constitutional rights.

I’m not an attorney, but it seems to me that surface owners would still retain certain legal rights over the access and use of their property for ROWs or activities like mining. If I were a surface owner and companies were driving across my land, I think I would try to manage or control what was happening. I realize that I could not legally prohibit a mineral owner from gaining access to my property, but surely I would retain the right to ensure that anyone entering the property had the legal right to do so.

Without this right, unauthorized parties could “openly and notoriously” enter my property and potentially claim it under adverse possession. Pollution and/or damage might occur to my land. Without knowing exactly who might have caused it, it would be difficult to recover damages from the responsible party. My land might be posted for hunting and fishing and this cannot be controlled if unauthorized people have access. This would require knowing who the authorized people and companies were. I would also notify the company of any insurance requirements that might affect their access or operations. We are all familiar with signs that say something like “Our insurance prohibits customers from entering the shop”. As landowners, we have similar rights.

I think that if I were a property owner and had mining/oil/gas/pipeline construction traffic across or through my property I would try doing the following:
1.            Notify the mining owner/ROW user that effective on such-and-such date I would be installing an access gate to the road. The purpose of the gate would be to ensure unauthorized personnel were not trespassing on or using my property.
2.            Ask the mineral owner/ROW user to provide me with the names of companies, personnel, and vehicles (by vehicle make/model and license plate number) who are authorized to have access to the land and let them know that access to people or companies not listed would be denied.
3.            Ask the mineral owner/ROW user to notify authorized personnel that the land is posted and hunting and fishing are prohibited. Firearms are not permitted to be carried on the property.
4.            The gate would be in the closed position when attended and personnel desiring access must stop and check in with the attendant, who would open the gate after ensuring the person was authorized. Vehicles will be required to stop upon both entering and leaving.
5.            When the gate is unattended, persons/vehicles wishing access would not be required to stop, but a camera (like a game camera) could record the license plate number of each vehicle and the time/date.
6.            Notify the mineral owner/ROW user that smoking on the property is prohibited due to the increased fire hazard and litter associated with cigarette butts. The mineral owner/ROW user should advise all authorized personnel of this restriction. Littering is also prohibited. Violators will be issued a fine and/or denied access.
7.            Notify the mineral owner/ROW user they are responsible for contamination resulting from their use of the ROW
8.            Post speed limits on unpaved access roads to limit the amount of dust generated.
9.            Notify the mineral owner/ROW user that livestock (goats, cattle, horses, etc.) may be grazing in certain areas and that gates controlling livestock access, if closed, must be promptly re-closed to prevent livestock from straying.

Mining companies have the “hazard training requirements. Surface owners have a similar “rules” requirement, whereby people authorized by the mineral owner/ROW user to have access would be required to read a “rulebook” and sign a form acknowledging they have read the book and will comply with the requirements? They could even be issued a card, just like the coal companies do for the hazard training. Of course, authorized personnel would need to show their card each time. Perhaps they could be required to schedule visits in advance, just like the mountaintop removal coal companies do for people visiting grave sites?

I would expect the mineral owner(s)/ROW users to legally try to prevent me from doing this. With proper backing/support, such legal actions should be welcomed as they could be used to generate lots of negative public opinion of the mining/oil/gas company/ROW user, and might help establish a legal precedent that would help protect other property owners’ rights.

George Neall, Retired Engineer/P.E.

Watch the video at this site:
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-28304338

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Maryland Releases Draft Fracking Regulations

Reckless Fracking Rules Released by the Hogan Administration Underscore the Need for a Legislative Ban

More than 100 business, health, community, environmental and climate groups are urging the 2017 Maryland General Assembly to pass a permanent ban on fracking

Dont Frack Maryland Coalition, Baltimore, Md. — Despite overwhelming public opposition voiced at hearings this summer, Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration today released final draft regulations for fracking that would allow dangerous drilling in Maryland starting in October 2017. In response, Maryland business owners, health experts, and environmental leaders are urging the General Assembly to pass a permanent ban on fracking in the 2017 legislative session.

The Hogan administration’s rules would roll back already insufficient regulations proposed under the O’Malley administration. These rules ignore mounting evidence that fracking cannot be done without causing polluted air and water and serious harm to people’s health. Since New York State banned fracking in 2014, citing public health risks, studies have linked fracking to increases in asthma attacks, migraines, sinus infections, fatigue and preterm births. No regulatory framework has been shown to prevent significant harm.

Members and supporters of the Don’t Frack Maryland coalition released the following statements in response:

“This whole process is a sham–fracking is inherently dangerous and there’s no evidence that fracking can be made safe with regulations. Hundreds of peer-reviewed studies show that fracking is hazardous to human health, the environment, and our climate. This is why communities across Maryland, from Garrett County to Frederick to the Eastern Shore, are demanding a permanent ban on fracking, and they’ll be holding their elected leaders accountable. The General Assembly should listen to the science, and their constituents, and ban fracking once and for all.” – Thomas Meyer, senior Maryland organizer with Food & Water Watch

“Most visitors who consider purchasing property at beautiful, peaceful Deep Creek Lake are frankly shocked that such a thing would even be considered here. For those already part of the community, concern about the effects of fracking has definitely hurt property values. Many other owners will consider liquidating their assets if fracking is allowed. We do not believe the proposed regulations offer protection, and support a ban.” — Tim and Michelle Josephs, Garrett County Realtors

“The Hogan Administration should be listening to our pleas to heed the growing body of scientific evidence against fracking. Instead, MDE has released regulations that weaken protections already proposed. Citizen Shale has no confidence in the state's ability to regulate this hazardous activity, nor in its commitment to monitor and enforce those regulations. We urge the General Assembly to save our communities from the Hogan administration’s plans for a misguided experiment, and to ban fracking.” — Nadine Grabania, board secretary, Citizen Shale

“People come here looking for authentic experiences, whether to explore our natural beauty, take part in outdoor adventures, or discover family farms in a fast-growing agri-tourism market. All require clean water and a safe, rural environment. Yet, with the proposed regulations, state government appears determined to let private property rights overpower its responsibility to insist on safeguards. People will no longer choose to vacation here if ‘paradise’ becomes ‘Gasland.’ Fracking must not be allowed.” — Crede and Carol Calhoun, owners, All-Earth Eco Tours, Friendsville, Md.

"Governor Hogan has ignored the clear evidence, which shows banning fracking is the only safe regulation. Rather than debate how much air pollution is 'acceptable' for our kids' lungs or how many toxins are 'safe' for our water, we should be focused on creating jobs through clean energy. Before any harm is done, the General Assembly must act and pass a permanent ban on fracking." – James McGarry, Maryland policy director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network

“Coal mining in Western Maryland has left a legacy of acid drainage from abandoned mines. The state has spent millions on a patchwork of fixes to mitigate acid drainage that kills local streams. Fracking well casings will fail. There is no ‘fix’ once an aquifer is contaminated. The only way to safeguard our waterways and drinking water supplies is to not allow fracking to start in Maryland. No amount of regulations will be sufficient.” –  Robin Broder of Waterkeepers Chesapeake and Garrett County landowner

More than 100 organizations have endorsed the Don’t Frack Maryland campaign and are calling for a ban on fracking in Maryland. In recent months, the town council of Friendsville in Garrett County and Prince George’s County Council passed local ordinances banning fracking, joining the town of Mountain Lake Park and Montgomery County.

 

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