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Activists carry the United States of Fracking banner to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

Fracking is still a disaster
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.  
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.
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.  
ClimateHoward blog
by Elisabeth Hoffman 

~cove point defenders 
~fracking snakeoil
~the fracking rebellion

Advocacy Team
Monday, June 29
7 p.m.
at Betsy’s house. 
Email Betsy or call
if you plan to attend.
Circle Committee
at Charlie's house.
Email Charlie
if you plan to attend.
Tell the Bureau of Land Management not to frack on our public lands. Comments due Aug. 23

Tell the DC Public Service Commission to reject the Exelon-Pepco merger

Tell your representative, by phone or email, to oppose fast track
of secret trade deals.  
Essay about all that's wrong with the TPP.

Maryland Events

Moms and Docs Roundtable
Thursday, June 25, 6 - 8 p.m. 
2640 Space, 2640 Saint Paul St., Baltimore
Discussion about the health effects of climate change with Dr. Sara Via of the University of MD, Baltimore writer and mother Laurel Peltier, Environment Maryland, Mom's Clean Air Force, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Sierra Club. Details here.
Stop the Bomb Trains
Rally and Public Hearing
Wednesday, July 8, 5:30 p.m.
City Hall, Baltimore 

Head to Baltimore for a "No Bomb Trains in Baltimore" rally at 5:30 p.m. followed by a City Council public hearing at 6 p.m. about the risks oil-by-rail poses for the city and region. This rally, organized by CCAN, is part of a nationwide week of action to commemorate the oil train catastrophe in Quebec two years ago. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has so far blocked a Targa Resources' permit to transport heavy crude by rail through Baltimore, but the agency asked for more information. Action week info here and Baltimore details here. A letter to the editor about MDE's decision is here

DC Events

Rally and March
National Climate Mobilization Day

Sunday, June 14, 1 p.m. 
World War II Memorial, DC    

The rally at the World War II Memorial begins with remarks by Randy Hayes (founder of Rainforest Action Network) and others. Then march to the White House to call on the president to initiate a WWII-scale mobilization to save the climate. Details here.

Lunchtime Demonstration and Rally 
Monday, June 15, 12:15 p.m.
Smithsonian Castle, DC    

Rally outside the Smithsonian's board meeting at the Smithsonian Castle to call on the Museum of Natural History to cut its ties to the fossil fuel industryDetails here. Help deliver:
  • A petition with more than 250,000 signatures calling on the Smithsonian to Kick Koch off the Board  (sign- here)
  • A faith leaders' letter that calls for science and natural history museums to cut ties with the fossil fuel industry.

Save the Date

Hearings on Maryland's climate plan
July and August
Maryland Climate Commission Hearings
 At 6 p.m., advocacy groups will have booths;
program is from 6:30 to 8 pm.
  • Tuesday, July 14, Baltimore, venue TBD 
  • Thursday, July 16,  Wye Mills, Chesapeake Community College
  • Tuesday, July 28, Frostburg University 
  • Tuesday, Aug. 4, All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 Lower Marlboro Road, Sunderland
  • Thursday, Aug. 6, Prince George's County Department of Environment Resources,1801 McCormick Dr., Largo.

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