Citizens deliver 1200+ signatures to County Council supporting a county ban on Fracking

Today, more than fifty Frederick County residents, business owners, faith leaders and advocates held a rally in downtown Frederick before delivering more than 1,200 petitions to the Frederick County Council urging the council to pass a ban on fracking in the county.

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Two gas basins that could be targeted for fracking underlie Frederick County: the Culpepper Basin and the Gettysburg Basin. Petitions in support of a fracking ban were collected by Food & Water Watch, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Maryland Sierra Club. Forty businesses, community, environmental and climate groups have also signed a letter to the council asking for a permanent ban on fracking.

On Monday, the Hogan administration released draft regulations for fracking that would roll back what were already insufficient rules proposed during 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 effectively prevent significant harm.

“The Hogan administration just released rules that would open up Maryland to fracking and exposing residents across the state to the inherent dangers of the drilling practice,” said Thomas Meyer, senior Maryland organizer with Food & Water Watch. “There’s no evidence that fracking can be made safe with regulations, and hundreds of peer-reviewed studies show that fracking is hazardous to human health, the environment, and our climate. The Frederick County Council needs to show real leadership on this issue, and protect their constituents by banning fracking in the county.”

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Envision Frederick County
Fracking in Frederick County?
May 19, 2016
by Thomas Meyer

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Prince George’s County Council, press release: “Council Unanimously Approved Legislation Prohibiting Fracking in Prince George’s County”