Bills for a Fracking Moratorium Introduced in 2015 General Assembly

Legislation has been introduced in the 2015 General Asssembly session to require an eight-year moratorium on fracking in MD.  Health professionals have a critical role to play in educating colleagues and the general public about this legislation and are encouraged to become directly involved in communications with legislators.
The bill for a fracking moratorium is called the Protect our Health and Communities Act (SB409/HB449).  It is sponsored by Senator Karen Montgomery on the Senate side and is scheduled for a public hearing on 3/3/15 at 1 p.m. before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee (EHEA).  The House bill is sponsored by Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo and is scheduled for a public hearing on 3/11/15 at 1 p.m. before the Environment and Transportation Committee.  If you are interested in providing written and/or oral testimony on these bills, please contact
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Current list of health groups supporting the moratorium include:

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