About the Author

Elisabeth lives in Clarksville, MD, and is the author of the ClimateHoward blog.

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This is Maryland’s fracking uprising!

If Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles is doing his job, he is probably meeting with Gov. Larry Hogan this week to deliver the message: “Mr. Governor, we have a problem.” The issue papers outlining how the Hogan … [Read more...]

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Fracking snake oil for Marylanders

We have until Feb. 9 to tell the state’s Department of the Environment (MDE) what we think of proposed regulations for fracking in Maryland. And we have only to look at the “assumptions” listed in the regulations to know … [Read more...]

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The fracking rebellion

In Western Maryland last week, the Marcellus Shale advisory commission and state officials scrambled to finish reviewing three years of studies on whether to proceed with fracking in Maryland. The election the … [Read more...]

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Scientists call for 10-year wait on fracking in Maryland

A group of public health experts and other scientists meeting in Baltimore this month have called for a 10-year moratorium on fracking in Maryland. And if surrounding states continue experimenting on their people, … [Read more...]

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Too many unknowns in fracking

As Maryland closes in on a decision whether to allow fracking, two key studies — on economic and health effects — are in play. One doesn’t deliver on its main mission. The other has huge gaps, not of its own making but … [Read more...]

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Sleepwalking through Fracking

Between naps at a meeting last week about a Cove Point wetlands permit, Gov. Martin O’Malley apparently woke up long enough to decide that fracking could be done safely in Maryland. Even though his Marcellus Shale … [Read more...]

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Living with Fracking…in Maryland?

Despite frequent strong objections last week from three of its members, the state’s Marcellus Shale advisory commissioners signed off on — or voted that they could “live with” — a set of best practices for fracking in … [Read more...]

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The moral crisis of our time

Environmental activist Sandra Steingraber says her first kindergarten art project was a tiled ashtray. Children often made this “infrastructure” for adults’ tobacco addiction, she said. Her parents didn’t even smoke, but … [Read more...]