Will you comment on Maryland's Issue Papers on fracking?
This month, we offer you support materials to weigh in on Maryland’s debate over unconventional natural gas development and production (UNGDP), or ‘fracking’, in Maryland.
Since the outset of Maryland’s discussions on UNGDP, we have closely monitored the conversation to advocate for the inclusion of health considerations. Two years ago, we lauded the University of Maryland team for publishing their public health report. Subsequently, we held a symposium to convene 40 experts who issued recommendations to Maryland policy makers, which were critical in considering legislation during the 2015 session.
We have followed and reviewed the literature on health and social impacts on UNGDP for several years. Our research has led to grave concerns about any steps towards UNGDP in Maryland. We know climate action requires a swift move to clean renewable energy and question any policy that promotes new development of fossil fuels.
Last month, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) released issue papers outlining the differences between the upcoming proposed regulations and the draft regulations published in January 2015 under the O’Malley administration.
Regulations are required by October 1st as part of the moratorium legislation passed in 2015. In our testimony to MDE on the issue papers, we conclude that a regulatory framework is inadequate to protect us from the pervasive environmental and health effects of fracking.
Below we offer a few resources to support advocates in providing public comments on the issue papers by July 18th to Marcellus.firstname.lastname@example.org. We expect the 2017 legislation session to feature a lively debate on the pros and cons of fracking in Maryland.
Background: During the 2015 legislative session, a 2-year moratorium on fracking was passed. This legislation requires the State to produce regulations for hydraulic fracturing by October 1st of this year. It also states that a permit can’t be issued before October 1, 2017.
Read MdEHN's Public Comments
MdEHN has prepared public comments on health concerns surrounding the Issue Papers. We conclude that a regulatory framework is inadequate to protect us from the pervasive environmental and health effects of fracking.