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Excerpt: "The Maryland House of Delegates passed a milestone fracking ban bill Friday with unprecedented bipartisan support. House Bill 1325, which passed by a vote of 97 to 40, would ban hydraulic fracturing statewide."

'Don't Frack Maryland.' (photo: EcoWatch)
'Don't Frack Maryland.' (photo: EcoWatch)


House Passes Bill to Ban Fracking in Maryland

By Food & Water Watch, EcoWatch

12 March 17

 

he Maryland House of Delegates passed a milestone fracking ban bill Friday with unprecedented bipartisan support. House Bill 1325, which passed by a vote of 97 to 40, would ban hydraulic fracturing statewide.

Public opposition to the practice has grown over the past year, as more than a dozen counties and cities across the state have already passed local resolutions and ordinances to ban fracking and more than 1,000 Marylanders marched through the state capitol last week to demand a fracking ban.

"We cannot afford to put our health, our ecology or the growing economy of Western Maryland at risk for fracking. That is why a total ban is necessary and supported by the people of Maryland," said Kumar Barve, chairman of the House Environment & Transportation Committee that put forth the bill.

"As a longtime proponent of legislative initiatives to protect Maryland from the dangers of fracking, I commend the Maryland House of Delegates for voting in support of a fracking ban," said Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo who introduced the bill. "Across the country, fracking is polluting the air and water of countless communities and making people sick. The passing of this bill is a huge step forward in securing Maryland as a national leader in combating climate change and protecting our citizens."

Residents from across the state have sent more than 35,000 petitions and letters in support of a ban to the General Assembly. More than 200 businesses, the majority from Western Maryland, and more than 200 Maryland health professionals sent letters to the General Assembly in support of the bill.

"The passing of the fracking ban bill through the House by a 57 vote margin is truly a watershed moment for Maryland," said Mitch Jones, senior policy advocate at Food & Water Watch. "The current overwhelming support from Maryland delegates shows an understanding that without a ban, public health and local businesses cannot be protected. We applaud this critical step towards preserving the resources and economy of Maryland and call on the Senate to follow the lead of the House."


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+4 # chrisconnolly 2017-03-12 22:13
Kudos to Maryland for having the legislators who were willing to protect their constituents from the corporates. That's what our politicians are supposed to do. Protect us from harm both from with in as well as from with out. Fracking should be likened to terrorism in that the corporates willfully destroy lives for the profit of their extremist beliefs.
 
 
+4 # dotlady 2017-03-12 22:59
This is a great piece of news - needed that!
I hope the Senate will send this through and that Maryland will also save itself from new fracking infrastructure, LNG ports, pipelines, generators, etc. that cause risks to health and water supplies.
 

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