New Fracking Regulations: Your Signature Needed

In April of last year, legislators in Annapolis voted to send Governor Hogan a two-year ban on fracking throughout Maryland. Two months later, the moratorium became law without being signed by the governor, who supports fracking, but knew there were enough votes in the House of Delegates and the Senate to override a veto.

Before then-governor Martin O’Malley left office, he proposed rules to restrict where fracking could occur and more vigorously regulate related air and water pollution. After being elected in 2014, Governor Hogan put those regulations on hold, and said his administration needed time to review and/or amend them.

In June of this year, the state released a modified and weaker version of proposed regulations.

The temporary fracking moratorium is set to end next year, in October. But when the 2017 legislative session begins, in January, legislators intend to propose a permanent ban.

The well-financed fracking industry will certainly be lobbying aggressively in opposition to any extended or permanent ban. There is hopeful optimism about the chance of passing a long term Fracking ban in Maryland, but it is not at all certain there will be enough votes to override a likely veto by Governor Hogan. What is certain is that it will be a hotly contested fight in Annapolis this coming winter.

Today, I received an email about this (posted below), from the Maryland League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, asking me to add my “name to the comments for the Environment and Transportation Committee to protect the health of Maryland families.”

I’m sharing that email below, with its links…as well as some additional links to the Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Food and Water Watch and the Don’t Frack Maryland campaign.


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Regulations do not make fracking safe: add your name to the list of Marylanders submitting comments!

Our legislators have been busy this summer.

On August 30th, the Environment and Transportation committee of the House of Delegates went out to Garrett College in McHenry, Maryland to hear comments about the new proposed fracking regulations.

Since your help in passing the 2015 Fracking Moratorium, the Maryland Department of the Environment has been drafting new regulations to mitigate the negative effects of fracking in our state – their preliminary drafts have all shown that the proposed regulations will be even weaker than the draft regulations offered by the O’Malley Administration!

The Environment & Transportation committee needs to hear your voice now: Protect us against the dangers of fracking.

One thing is clear, after hundreds of peer-reviewed studies from across the nation, the horrible effects of fracking in our neighboring states is clear. Fracking’s negative effects are clearly devastating communities by irreversibly polluting drinking water and air quality, negative health effects such as an increase in premature births and low birth-weights, plummeting home values, and only transient and short term job growth.

Can you add your name to the comments for the Environment and Transportation Committee to protect the health of Maryland families?

The health of our communities, future of our lands, and survival of our wildlife depends on what you do today. So thanks for speaking out now and making sure that when the legislature convenes in January, that your voice will have been heard.

But as I write this, I’m sure that the natural gas and oil companies are sending all their high-paid lobbyists to undermine these efforts.

The committee needs to hear your voice now, calling on them to protect us against the dangers of fracking.

They need to know that we are watching them and that the future of Maryland rests in the decisions they make in the upcoming Legislative Session.

Thank you for your support,

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Kristen Harbeson
Political Director
Maryland League of Conservation Voters


Read/download the full set of proposed regulations: http://media.wix.com/ugd/010edb_df636412c80845989a3bf67764492466.pdf

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Food & Water Watch on the web

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Don’t Frack Maryland on the web

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