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March on Annapolis
to Ban Fracking Now

Thursday, March 2, 1- 3 p.m.
Asbury United Methodist Church
87 West St., Annapolis
The anti-fracking movement across the country is watching Maryland. Passing a fracking ban here would be a huge victory for our movement and would  send a message to the president and the fossil fuel industry that we won’t let them poison our communities and destroy our climate.
Please help make this the BIGGEST, most BRILLIANT rally to ban fracking that our state legislators have ever seen. Please plan now. Take the afternoon off from work, reschedule appointments, bring babies and toddlers, and arrange after-school care. Buses are coming from across the state. 
Email to carpool from Howard County. And feel free to make a sign (no sticks, though). 
Companion bills to ban fracking have been introduced, Senate Bill 740, with 23 sponsors, and House bill 1325, with 67 sponsors. (Don't let your legislators be distracted or fooled by the moratorium/referendum bill, SB 862, a thinly disguised measure to bring fracking to Maryland.)
Every day, do one thing to help keep Maryland frack-free. Snail-mail, email or call your legislators (here). Invite friends, co-workers and neighbors to the march. Sign and share the petition to ban fracking. Attend other events in Annapolis:
  • Monday, Feb. 20, 5 - 8 p.m.: Lobby night organized by Sierra Club, in Annapolis.  Sign up here.   
  • Monday, Feb. 20, 6 - 8 p.m: District 9 Open House, President’s Conference Center, West II, Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St. Annapolis; RSVP to Sen. Bates' office, 410-841-3671. (District 9 legislators are: Sen. Gail Bates and Delegates Robert Flanagan [9B], and Trent Kittleman and Warren Miller [9A].)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. Howard County Delegation public hearing on statewide issues, Banneker Room, George Howard Building, 3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City. Testify for the fracking ban and support those testifying. Details here.
  • Attend hearings on fracking ban bills: The committee hearing  for HB1325 is Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m.; the hearing for SB 740 is Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 1 p.m. (The  hearings start at 1 p.m., but the time for testimony on each bill is not set.)
Unless the General Assembly acts by April 10, our 30-month fracking moratorium will expire in October and these sorry regulations would go into effect.
FRACKING UPDATES: A new study has found an association between childhood leukemia and nearby fracking in Colorado. Another study has found a steep rise in methane in fracked PA. The PA Department of Environmental Protection has found a link between fracking in Lawrence County and a series of small earthquakes. The Public Herald continues to release information about ignored complaints in fracked PA. The Montgomery County Council recently approved a resolution calling for a ban on fracking in Maryland. And be sure to read The Baltimore Sun editorial board also backs a ban on fracking

HoCo Climate Change appreciates your support.

Advocacy Team
Tuesday, Feb. 28
7 p.m. 

at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend. 
Steering Committee
Wednesday, March 8
7 p.m.

at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
Write to the National Park Service to Stop Fracked Gas Pipeline
 Send a letter to National Park Service about your opposition to the proposed fracked-gas pipeline that will threaten the Potomac River and the National Park Service’s C&O Canal.
Save the Date
March for Science
Earth Day, April 22
9 a.m., Washington DC
Save the Date
People's Climate Movement First 100 Days Fight for Climate, Jobs
and Justice.
Saturday, April 29  
Sign up for updates at 
  Change in program
Developing Personal Resilience
in Unsettling Times

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 - 4:30 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church 

Earth Forum will explore how people who are working for social, racial, environmental and economic justice can build resilience in times that feel chaotic and unsettling. The forum will include updates on state environmental legislation. Details are here and here.
BAN polystyrene foam
Call on your legislators to back SB186 and HB229 that would ban polystyrene foam in food packaging and loose fill packaging. Polystyrene is made with ethylene from fracked gas and benzene from petroleum. Styrene is a llikely human carcinogen and is made from byproducts of fracked gas and oil. Read more about the hazards of polystyrene in this powerful op-ed by Dr. Richard Bruno 
Following FERC's rushed approval of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Pennsylvania, Lancaster-area residents and their supporters will be setting up a Camp of Resistance at The Stand near Conestoga. Be sure to read Mark Clatterbuck's powerful op-ed about the #resistance to this pipeline. A little background: In one of its final actions before losing a quorum, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Friday, Feb. 3, rammed through/approved the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline in Pennsylvania. Of course.  This project includes an expanded compressor station in Howard County, so we are joined literally to our friends at Lancaster Against Pipelines, who will still fight this pipeline. Until the president nominates at least one more commissioner -- and he will be able to appoint three commissioners to the five-person panel -- FERC will be unable to issue more approvals. Our allies at Beyond Extreme Energy are calling on U.S. senators to examine FERC's role in rubber-stamping the expansion of the fracked-gas industry. If you belong to an organization that wants to work on this, a sign-on letter is here.

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