This website provides information, links, and timely updates so that its readers can become more informed on the many risky aspects of fracking. Its other purpose is to inform viewers of fracking's current legal and political status in Maryland. (Maryland's fracking moratorium is scheduled to end on October 1, 2017.)
Most of us aren’t scientists (politicans often tell us they aren't), but most of us can make rational decisions when presented with clear facts. However, it is difficult to understand fracking's issues when inundated with industry sound bites. Commercials project images of people living pleasant lifestyles, with the message that the industry is working for us to have a better future. Through their marketing, we are assured that fracking is safe, and we hear how fracking will boost the economy and create jobs.
"Natural gas" sounds better than "methane." Promoted as the “bridge fuel” that will help us until renewable energy sources prevail, the industry doesn’t discuss fracking's inherent risks in its production and distribution processes. The long term adverse environmental impacts from burning another carbon-based fossil fuel are also denied.
Because of fracking, undeniably our energy costs are down in the U.S. currently -- but for how long? Industry analysts openly discuss the bright future of fracking where the prices will rise domestically because of the pipelines and export facilities currently being built in the U.S. -- to export and sell our energy product overseas.
This website's purpose is to provide concise responses to the sound bites. There are many complex issues surrounding fracking: environmental and health risks, local impact on communities, national energy policy, economics, climate change, -- the list goes on. Links are provided to other sites with more details and videos which explain and illustrate in depth the many issues associated with fracking.
This site also includes links to the roster of Maryland senators and delegates. If you agree with the premise that fracking is dangerous to our health and environment, then please write to your state delegates and senator for your respective district. Make it a goal to write soon (and often) – in the January to April, 2017 session, the Maryland legislators are debating this very sensitive topic. Indicate your support for senate bill SB740 and house bill HB1325 (and please do not support SB0862). Your representatives value mailed letters more than petitions, so please take the time and expense to mail them. Let them know that you are against fracking in Maryland and that you want a permanent ban.
While you’re at it, also tell them that we shouldn’t be building a pipe line across Maryland to a gas export terminal at Cove Point. The residents don't want the plant. (Dominion wants the plant to ship the gas overseas to foreign customers. Not only do they expand their customer base, they reduce the glut of gas on the market in the U.S., hence raising the gas price domestically). Why not keep the gas in the ground, in reserve, in case we ever do need it?
You might also mention that Baltimore’s citizens really don’t relish having trains coming through Baltimore loaded with highly toxic and inflammable petroleum products. Tell them that what Maryland’s residents do want is an investment in the future - capitalizing on using renewable forms of energy and training our workforce for future-oriented jobs.
Thank you in advance for reviewing the material included in this website. I hope you think the time is well spent. Please take fracking personally – it does impact your life.
The fracking moratorium in Maryland is scheduled to end on October 1, 2017. Help ban fracking in Maryland by writing letters to your state legislators. Tell them why you think fracking is harmful and detrimental to the state of Maryland. To determine your reps' addresses and for a sample letter format, visit What You Can Do
To readers not residing in Maryland, I hope that you will find the site helpful and possibly useful to stopping fracking where you live.