County Council Urges State of Maryland to Ban Fracking
The Montgomery County Council has approved a resolution, introduced by Councilmember Marc Elrich, urging the Maryland General Assembly and Governor Larry Hogan to enact a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing and other types of “Unconventional Gas Development and Production.”
“We have banned fracking in Montgomery County. But that is not enough,” said Elrich. We have an obligation to work with our state leaders and convince them that fracking is a disaster for the environment and bad news for the economy, both locally and globally.”
Read Elrich’s complete statement, below:
“We have banned fracking in Montgomery County. But that is not enough. We have an obligation to work with our state leaders and convince them that fracking is a disaster for the environment and bad news for the economy, both locally and globally.
“It has become increasingly clear that Unconventional Gas Development and Production, done through hydraulic fracturing known as ‘fracking’ poses grave public health and environmental hazards. In 2015, the General Assembly passed a two-year moratorium on fracking, which will expire this year. Without further action, fracking could begin in Maryland as soon as this fall.
“Many of the disastrous effects of fracking are irreversible. Methane, a primary component of natural gas and a potent contributor to climate change, leaks from fracking industry sites. Additionally, studies have shown a clear association between fracking and premature births, high-risk pregnancies, migraine headaches, asthma exacerbations and more. Fracking also uses toxic chemicals which can contaminate water, and worsen air quality.
“There are no safeguards (or regulations) that can be enacted to allow fracking while also adequately protect human health and the environment. Our focus needs to be on alternative energy sources to generate green jobs, which are good for the environment and good for the Maryland economy. We need to resolve this issue once and for all and ban fracking in Maryland.”