What You Can Do to Stop Fracking?

  • Learn the facts about fracking in western Maryland.
  • If you are a Maryland resident, call or write to your Maryland state senators and delegates.

    In the current session in Annapolis, they are debating banning fracking, having another moratorium, or allowing it outright. Ask them to support a total ban on fracking in Maryland (support bills SB740 and HB1325). Click on the "Find My Elected Officials" image on the sidebar.
    Click for a sample letter [.pdf format] [Word format] freeiconspng (Download this spreadsheet for a complete of the sponsors for the fracking bills.) This illustration shows the process which bills go through to become law. (Even though you might want to write to a delegate chairing a committee, your best bet is to write to the legislators who represent your district. Ideally they will seriously consider your viewpoints and vote accordingly when the opportunity arises.)
  • In Maryland, besides the attempt to open western Maryland to fracking, Dominion is constructing a liquid natural gas (LNG) facility at its Cove Point Terminal on the Chesapeake Bay. This facility will enable the exporting of the fracked gas, not to other states, but to other countries. Cove Point residents do not want this.
  • Attend Rallies / Hearings / Public Forums
  • Sign Chesapeake Climate Action Network's online petition for your state legislators to pass a permanent, statewide ban on fracking.

  • Read Wenonah Hauter’s Frackopoly (excellent book with documented references) Click here for an link Click here to view a Frackopoly trailer
  • Write letters to the local newspapers
  • Contribute to organizations fighting to ban fracking: Food & Water Watch, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Sierra Club… (see sidebar links for organizations)
  • Watch the DVD "Fracking Western Maryland?" with a group
  • Determine what is happening in your area. Besides local fracking, pipelines (maybe not on the same scale as the XL pipeline, and compressor stations,) are being built in neighborhoods where they are unwanted. Also, contact your federal legislators and stress the need to protect federal parks and lands.