Health consequences of allowing fracking in Maryland

 

over 100 HEALTH PROFESSIONALS SIGN LETTER IN SUPPORT OF A LONG-TERM MORATORIUM IN MARYLAND, Please ADD YOUR NAME

Did you know fracking in Maryland may begin in October 2017? As a health professional, you have a unique and powerful role in ensuring our leaders understand the health consequences of allowing fracking in Maryland. Health professionals in New York were instrumental in pressuring Governor Andrew Cuomo to institute a ban in that state.

Your voice will matter in Maryland.

Dear President Miller and Speaker Busch,

We, the undersigned public health professionals, clinicians, and researchers, write to update you concerning trends in recent health research on unconventional natural gas development and production, enabled by hydraulic fracturing and commonly referred to as "fracking." The scientific literature now includes 400+ peer-reviewed studies on the public health, climate, and environmental dimensions of this type of unconventional gas development, the vast majority of which suggest that high-volume hydraulic fracturing technologies pose threats to human and animal health and safety via contamination of air, water, and soil. There is little evidence that these threats can be sufficiently mitigated through regulatory frameworks.

We ask for your leadership in redirecting Maryland toward a more conservative and precautionary path by calling for a long-term moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in our state.  We are well aware of the three years of analysis carried out by Governor O’Malley’s agencies as part of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative; however, the decision to move forward with regulations was made without sufficient regard for hazards identified by the Initiative and without adequate scientific support for the “best management practices” which underpin those regulations.

READ AND SIGN THE LETTER HERE