Activists carry the United States of Fracking banner to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Fracking is still a disaster
In addition, fracking is a threat to far more than water supplies. Studies show spikes in air pollution and harm to babies, farm animals, land, plants, and climate. A summary of studies and reports is here.
Contrary to most news reports, the EPA's 1,000-page draft study
of fracking's effect on water does not
say that drilling is fine. Even a quick look indicates the study found many pathways for fracking to pollute water (toxic chemical spills, faulty casings, leaking waste pits). It also shows fracking has contaminated water supplies, which industry consistently refuses to acknowledge.
Fracking also requires a huge build-out of pipelines, compressor stations and export facilities, which communities are fighting at every turn (such as at Cove Point and in Virginia and Georgia).
Maryland's Fracking Moratorium Becomes Law
The Maryland bill that prohibits fracking in our state until October 2017 automatically became law on May 30 after Gov. Hogan declinded to sign or veto it. The moratorium is in response to concerns about fracking’s harm to public health, the economy and our environment. “The movement behind this moratorium was unyielding,” said Mitch Jones of Food & Water Watch
. The #DontFrackMD coalition
will use the time to continue monitoring the ongoing studies about fracking in other states and to assess the threat to Western Maryland's tourism economy. The law also requires Maryland’s Department of the Environment to develop regulations for fracking by October 2016.