April 4, 2017
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We did it! A Maryland fracking ban is now on the desk of the governor, who said he will sign the bill. Across the state, people stood up and said no to fracking, and our elected leaders listened. Chesapeake PSR's Dr. Gina Angiola (interviewed here on MPT) served on the steering committee of the Don't Frack Maryland coalition and helped direct the campaigns that led first to a moratorium and then to a ban on hydraulic fracturing, making Maryland the first state with gas reserves to ban hydraulic fracturing through the legislative process. Read more on the lessons of the fracking ban movement here.



Offshore wind coming to Maryland?

Over 100 people attended a March 30 Public Service Commission (PSC) meeting to support offshore wind in Maryland. Sara Via, PhD, spoke for Chesapeake PSR on the tremendous health benefits of building offshore wind capacity. Eighty six people signed our offshore wind petition. Chesapeake PSR will submit comments to the PSC by April 7. Decision by the PSC is expected in mid-May. Read more on our climate and energy program here.





Resist! Join these two marches

The Trump administration is fulfilling its campaign rhetoric with rapid speed when it comes to waging war on science and dismantling environmental and health protections. Help us take back our government. Join us for the Science March on April 22 and the Climate March on April 29. These are two great opportunities to make a difference and join a history-making movement. Contact Tim Whitehouse at twhitehouse@psr.org for more information.




Suppressing science and MoCo

You've heard a lot about the Trump administration's war on science. It is not just aligning itself with the oil and gas industry, but also the chemical industry.

Federal decisions and denials relate to a pesticides lawsuit in Montgomery County and to Chesapeake PSR's work on toxics and health. Read more on possible local impacts here.




Other legislative updates

In addition to our work on fracking, we have been busy testifying in Annapolis on energy and climate, elevated lead levels in children, pesticides and Baltimore housing. We are pleased to see the EmPOWER program pass the House and Senate. If signed by Governor Hogan, the bill would mandate a two percent annual reduction in electricity sales using updated criteria for cost effectiveness. Read our EmPOWER testimony.



April 15: Chesapeake PSR Annual Dinner

Please join us on April 15 for our Annual Dinner at MedChi in Baltimore. Our guest speaker, Ira Helfand, MD, co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), will speak on the growing dangers of nuclear war and what you can do about it. Please visit our event page to learn more about this event. Note the new location of this event.



April 23: Climate Change and Health in Virginia

Please join us on April 23 for a workshop on climate and health in Virginia at Inova Fairfax medical campus in Falls Church. This event is sponsored by Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action, Chesapeake PSR, Inova, the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health, and the American Lung Association. More information on this event may be found here.



Chesapeake PSR is a strong health voice on issues of environment, social justice and peace. Our volunteer activists are medical and health professionals and interested individuals. Please volunteer with Chesapeake PSR, donate, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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