Maryland health professionals submitted a letter to Maryland legislative leaders urging the Maryland General Assembly to pass a ban on fracking in Maryland. More than 150 doctors, nurses, researchers and other health professionals stated their concerns about the significant health and environmental harms of allowing fracking to begin in the state. "We in the health community reject the industry’s push for short-term profits at the expense of long-term damage to public health and the environment," the letter stated.
Unconventional gas development and production (UGDP) enabled by high-volume hydraulic fracturing (widely known by the shorthand term, "fracking") currently is not allowed in Maryland because a moratorium passed in 2015. The moratorium expires next year and permits may be issued in October 2017 unless the Maryland General Assembly passes a ban in the next legislative session that begins in January.
"No regulatory framework can adequately protect either the environment or the health and safety of Maryland residents. As health professionals committed to preventing illness and promoting healthy communities, we call for a ban on unconventional gas development in Maryland," the letter stated. Read why Maryland fracking regulations cannot protect us.
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