states, including Pennsylvania and West Virginia, have allowed unconventional
gas development enabled by high-volume hydraulic fracturing to expand rapidly
within their borders over the last decade. Maryland leaders wisely put
moratoria in place at several critical junctures to allow time for study. Policymakers
today have invaluable information that should be guiding policy; however, much
of this information is being ignored.
Maryland is currently set to allow permits
to be issued under a regulatory framework in October 2017 unless the General
Assembly enacts a ban in the 2017 legislative session that begins in January. New York has banned high-volume hydraulic fracturing, as have
several nations (including Germany, Scotland, and France), based largely on the
emerging information about public health and environmental damage. The health
community in Maryland is a respected voice that can play an important role in
protecting Maryland residents. Please
sign the letter below if you agree that the risks of unconventional gas
development outweigh potential benefits to our state, and therefore this
process should not be permitted in Maryland.
Dear Governor Hogan, Senate President
Miller, and House Speaker Busch,
undersigned public health professionals, health care providers, and researchers, ask for your support for
legislation that would prevent unconventional natural gas development enabled
by hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as "fracking," from beginning in Maryland.
The growing body of scientific research on
unconventional gas development demonstrates significant risks and harms to
human and animal health and to the environment, while providing no evidence
that any regulatory framework can adequately protect Maryland residents. The scientific literature now includes nearly 700
peer-reviewed research papers , the majority of which were published in the
last three years. Many of these studies appeared after completion of Maryland’s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission
review process in December of 2014 .
Read the entire letter here.
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