Last year, New York state banned hydraulic fracturing, better known as "fracking." Now, Maryland may do the same. Two bills are currently being considered by Maryland lawmakers which would either place an eight-year moratorium on fracking, or completely ban the practice in the state.

Fracking is a drilling technique used to extract natural gas from underground. The fracking process involves mixing large amounts of water with chemicals and sand, which produces the thick "frack fluid." The frack fluid is then pumped deep into the ground to fracture the shale rock formations and free up the trapped oil and gas.

The Marcellus Shale spans from Tennessee to New York, including all of Garrett County and part of Allegany County in Maryland. As of this past October, energy companies had 121 active leases on more than 7,300 acres of land in Garrett County for fracking. The company leasing the most land from Garrett County residents is XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

Fracking is a drilling technique used to extract natural gas from underground. The fracking process involves mixing large amounts of water with chemicals and sand, which produces the thick "frack fluid." The frack fluid is then pumped deep into the ground to fracture the shale rock formations and free up the trapped oil and gas. The Marcellus Shale spans from Tennessee to New York, including all of Garrett County and part of Allegany County in Maryland. As of this past October, energy companies had 121 active leases on more than 7,300 acres of land in Garrett County for fracking. The company leasing the most land from Garrett County residents is XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

Fracking is a drilling technique used to extract natural gas from underground. The fracking process involves mixing large amounts of water with chemicals and sand, which produces the thick "frack fluid." The frack fluid is then pumped deep into the ground to fracture the shale rock formations and free up the trapped oil and gas.

The Marcellus Shale spans from Tennessee to New York, including all of Garrett County and part of Allegany County in Maryland. As of this past October, energy companies had 121 active leases on more than 7,300 acres of land in Garrett County for fracking. The company leasing the most land from Garrett County residents is XTO Energy, a subsidiary of ExxonMobil.

Ironically, the CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson, actually sued to stop a company from fracking in his neighborhood in Texas. It’s hard to blame him for not wanting this happening in his own community, considering the destruction it causes to the environment and the unhealthy side effects of fracking.

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) analyzed the chemicals used during fracking nationwide and many of them are confirmed and/or suspected to cause serious health problems, including cancer. The organization focuses on human health and environmental problems caused by exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors. According to the data, many of the chemicals have been linked to health hazards including cancer, while 81 of the chemicals are suspected to have a negative impact on the environment.

According to a recent report by the Environmental Working Group, titled Toxic Stew: What's in Fracking Wastewater, a fracking drilling well actually produces much more wastewater than gas and oil.

After a well is fracked, much of the fluid returns to the surface – anywhere from 15-to-80 percent, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA, 2010). This wastewater includes flowback from the chemical-laced fluid that was pumped in and formation water that occurs naturally in the shale and is brought back to the surface with the oil or gas. The industry’s term for both types of waste is produced water.
— http://www.ewg.org/research/toxic-stew/full-report

So far, more than 100 Maryland businesses have called for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and more than 20,000 residents have signed petitions against fracking in the state.

Will YOU join them? Stand with these solutionists now, and help put a stop to fracking in Western Maryland. Sign this petition today.


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AuthorKyle McCarthy