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Tell Gov O'Malley:
Get the facts on fracking  

Our Public Lands. Take Action before Aug 23 
to Protect Them!

Next Steering Committee

Wednesday, July 10
7 p.m.

at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy
 or call
if you plan to attend.


Next Advocacy 

Monday, July 15
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house.
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.


Tuesday, July 16, 7 p.m.
Sierra Club Beyond Coal conference call.  Info email:

Thursday, July 25, 5 - 8 p.m.
 WEBCAST on Fracking
 - Science, Democracy, and Community Decisions on Fracking Forum from the Union of Concerned Scientists
Info here

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Sponsored Events

An Explosion of Fracking and the TPP
Tuesday, July 9, 7 p.m. (pizza at 6:30 p.m.)
Miller Library
Learn the connection between a major free-trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and fracking for natural gas — including in Maryland. This proposed pact would increase pressure to frack and export natural gas while overriding domestic laws on environmental health and safety. Get the facts and learn what you can do. More info.
Free. RSVP:  
 Triple Divide
Sunday, July 14,  1:30 p.m.  
Miller Library
Documentary reveals the failure of government and industry to protect Pennsylvania residents from the harmful effects of fracking in an area that feeds three major watersheds. Free. More info here and ClimateHoward blog movie review here. RSVP


Maryland Events

CCIHC members are planning to attend many of the events below. Email us at to join Howard County carpools. 
Walk for our Grandchildren
Harper's Ferry to DC, July 21 - 26 Details
The Walk for our Grandchildren campaign
is part of's Summer Heat.
The walk ends with a rally at
the White House, Saturday, July 27.
Even if you don't participate in the walk,
join the rally. Details

Governor O'Malley's
Maryland Climate Change Summit

Thursday, July 26, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Linthicum Heights. Join Gov. Martin O'Malley, leading scientists, renewable energy business leaders and climate change policy experts to discuss the progress Maryland has made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as the governor releases Maryland's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan. Information and free registration at


DC Events

Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training
Saturday, July 6, & Sunday, July 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
each day. Training for local activists to be ready to commit nonviolent civil disobedience if the State Department recommends approval of Keystone XL. Location TBA. From CREDOAction. Info here.
EPA hearing: Protecting water
from toxic coal waste
Tuesday, July 9, 1 - 5 p.m.
, .
EPA East Building, Room 1153,
1201 Constitution Ave. NW
 Info and RSVP with Sierra Club: 

Rally to tell Obama:
KXL = Climate Disaster!

Thursday, July 11
(time TBD but probably in pm)

 President Obama will be attending a DNC roundtable discussion at The Jefferson Hotel, and activists will be outside to remind him
of his climate promises.  
Check our website frequently for additional local events.


Maryland Fracking News

Compressor station: Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community (MCRC) is raising money to appeal FERC approval for a compressor station in their town for fracked natural gas. The appeal must be filed by July 15. To contribute to the legal fund, see  Like MCRC on Facebook  

Fracking BMPs: Maryland has released best management practices (BMPs) for fracking in our state. Comment on these proposed regulations by Aug. 9. The report is here. More info here, here and here.  Send email comments to 


Climate Change News

Extreme heat could be the deadliest result of climate change. See reports here and here and here.

Contrary to what Obama says, natural gas
is not the solution to climate change.
See reports herehere and here.

Rolling Stone on
"Big Oil's big lies about alternative energy."

United Church of Christ to become first U.S. denomination to move toward divestment from fossil fuel companies.
More News here.

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