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 862calls 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.