The oil and gas industry has taken over energy policy in Washington D.C, but Chesapeake PSR is determined not to let them do the same in Maryland.

Working closely with our Don’t Frack Maryland coalition allies, we at Chesapeake PSR are now in the final stages of our push to stop fracking from coming to our state. Soon, the Maryland General Assembly will decide whether to ban fracking. This is the culmination of a lengthy battle between the people of Maryland and the fossil fuel industry.

To prevail, we need to be more tenacious than our pro-fossil fuel opponents. It will be a tough fight, but we have the people, the science and the momentum on our side.

Here are some steps you can take now to help:

  1. Health professionals please sign on to our letter to the General Assembly leadership and Governor Larry Hogan supporting a legislative ban on fracking. If you have already signed, please share this letter with your friends and colleagues.
  2. Non-health professionals  please sign one of the petitions on the Don't Frack Maryland website. Again, please share these petitions widely as they will soon be delivered to Annapolis.
  3. Contact your state elected officials personally via phone call, email, letter or all of the above and ask them to actively support a ban on fracking in Maryland.
  4. Come to one or more of these events. Turnout matters. Elected officials pay attention.

Finally, read and share some of our information on fracking so others might get involved.

  1. Chesapeake PSR background information on fracking: The Health Effects of Fracking and Fracking Regulations Cannot Protect Maryland
  2. Op-ed for the Baltimore Sun explaining why a ban on fracking is the only rational option for our state
  3. Chesapeake PSR’s written testimony to the Maryland Department of the Environment explaining why their proposed regulations for fracking are inadequate

Now, more than ever, states must take a leadership role in addressing climate change and in protecting public health and the environment. Let’s keep the pressure on and help ensure that science and common sense prevail in Maryland.

If you have any questions or would like to become more actively involved, please feel free to contact me or our executive director, Tim Whitehouse.

Kind regards,

Gina Angiola, MD
Board Member, Chesapeake PSR

 

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