The first fracking hearing of 2017 is tomorrow
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Ban Fracking in Maryland

The health of Marylanders shouldn't be up for debate!

The first fracking hearing of 2017 is tomorrow in Annapolis. MdEHN has followed and reviewed the literature on health and social impacts on unconventional natural gas development and production (UNGDP) for several years. Our research has shown that a regulatory framework is inadequate to protect us from the pervasive environmental and health effects of fracking. And we support a ban.

The House Environment and Transportation Committee will hear HB 1325 tomorrow, which calls for a ban on UNGDP.

In advance of the hearing, we recommend reading MdEHN's testimony on HB 1325 or Maryland Public Health Association's testimony for an overview of the health arguments against fracking in Maryland. 

For background, two different fracking initiatives have been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly, and we only support the ban bills:  SB 740 / HB1325.

Alternatively, SB 862 calls for a short term moratorium and a regulatory mandate for 2019. For details, we recommend that you take a look at this Chesapeake PSR blog post or this Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland document.

Join us in Annapolis for a Fracking Rally! 

Tamara, Allison, & Rebecca

Attend a Rally to Ban Fracking in Annapolis

Legislative committee hearings

Speakers include Reverend Lennox Yearwood, western Maryland leaders, the Maryland NAACP, and other members of the Don’t Frack Maryland coalition. 
Bus and other logistical information here

Buses are being organized from:
Oakland - LaVale - Frederick - College Park - Takoma Park - Baltimore

MdEHN Staff Contact Information

We are sharing our new e-mail addresses, please update listservs and your contact information:
Staff Page

Save the Date: MdEHN Open House

March 14, 2017
2 PM - 5 PM
2 East Read Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202 - 2nd Floor

Join Maryland Environmental Health Network for our first open house. Drop in as your schedule allows, light refreshments, and meet our new Executive Director, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin.

Schools, Heavy Traffic, and Health

Our CEH Specialist provided input to Jamie Hopkins of The Public Integrity Project to support investigative coverage on the links between schools, heavy traffic, and health. 

Read the article The invisible hazard afflicting thousands of schools, by Jamie Hopkins of the Public Integrity Project. 

  • Q&A for school communities on how to respond to heavy traffic
  • Interactive data tool that allows people to search for schools (and other locations) to find proximity to busy-road zones.
  • Listen to the Reveal radio segment for a summary of key findings
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