Tuesday 12 December 2017

Fracking (20)

From Hancock to the Bay, Maryland citizens are rising up to resist pipelines in their communities. This summer in Maryland, we’ll be camping out to protect our water and STOP TransCanada from building a fracked-gas pipeline underneath the Potomac River and C&O Canal. On August 11th at 1:00pm join Maryland legislators, CCAN, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, Waterkeepers Chesapeake and concerned citizens for a press conference and kayak action against the Potomac Pipeline. We'll be gathering at Taylor's Landing on the C&O Canal Towpath, near Sharpsburg, MD. Together, we'll say NO to TransCanada's proposed fracked-gas pipeline under the Potomac! This summer, we are forming a resistance to stop the pipeline under the Potomac. We will do this by staging camp outs along the C & O Canal throughout the summer to draw attention to the many groups, concerned citizens, and elected officials who are opposed to endangering the drinking water of millions for a pipeline that wouldn’t even benefit Maryland citizens. We’ll be calling on Governor Hogan to deny the permit that would allow TransCanada to drill under the Potomac in Maryland. Call Governor Hogan today and leave a voicemail asking him to reject the pipeline!  DIAL: 1-855-969-5613 SAY: Hi my name is _____ and I am calling as a constituent [a Potomac River and national park user] to ask Governor Hogan to reject the pipeline under the Potomac. Thank you! Governor Hogan has the authority to stop this pipeline. He can direct the Department of the Environment to deny a special water quality…
Historic Bill Will Protect Our Clean Water Resources Annapolis, MD - Today the Maryland Senate passed a statewide fracking ban bill, HB 1325, by a vote of 36 to 10. Maryland would be the third state to ban fracking, but the first state with gas reserves to pass a ban through the legislature. The passage of this bill comes on the heels of a massive statewide and people-powered campaign involving thousands of Marylanders in rallies, marches, petition deliveries, and phone calls to legislators. The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Hogan, who is expected to sign it after he announced his support for the ban earlier this month. “Waterkeepers across the region applaud the vote today in the Maryland Senate to ban fracking statewide,” said Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director, Waterkeepers Chesapeake. “This vote was the result of an incredible grassroots movement across Maryland, and especially in Western Maryland, that demanded the legislature protect their families, livelihoods, and clean water and air from the irreversible damage caused by fracking.” “I’m elated that the Maryland legislature agreed that mounting evidence demonstrates that the fracking industry has a sorry history of noncompliance and violations of environmental regulations and permits, and determined the only way to safeguard our waterways and drinking water supplies is to not allow fracking to start in Maryland,” said Brent Walls, Upper Potomac Riverkeeper. “As a member of the Don’t Frack Maryland steering committee and a home owner in Garrett County, I have witnessed first-hand the power of…
Blog posted by Waterkeeper Alliance, February 27, 2017, written by Katlyn Clark of Waterkeepers Chesapeake. For the past few years, Waterkeepers Chesapeake has worked to prevent horizontal hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from coming to the state of Maryland. We had a short-lived victory when a 2-year moratorium law passed in the beginning of 2015 – but that law will expire in October 2017, meaning that fracking could start to negatively impact our water, air and health in just a few months. While Garrett and Allegany counties would be immediately and disproportionately burdened if fracking proceeds, the long-term impacts would be felt across Maryland. We can look at the track record in other states to see that no state has developed and enforced regulations that would be protective enough of the environment and public health to allow fracking.  Mounting evidence demonstrates that the fracking industry has a long history of noncompliance and violations of regulations and permits. Even compliance with purportedly strong regulations has caused irreversible harm. A growing body of peer-reviewed evidence finds that fracking simply cannot be done without risk to public health and the environment—and that regulations are not capable of preventing harm. Wells will leak and regulators cannot solve inherent problems with the process that industry cannot fix. Once contaminated, we have lost that source of clean water forever.  During the fall of 2016, the Maryland Department of the Environment released regulations in anticipation of the moratorium being lifted this fall. We worked with the Georgetown Law Clinic to submit…