Date: 3/16/17 10:03 am From: <krschwa1...> Subject: [MDBirding] Help pass the Fracking Ban in the Senate!
This post is on behalf of the Maryland Ornithological Society and has been pre-cleared with the moderator. Please consider supporting the fracking ban bill in the Maryland Senate. Fracking presents a threat to the Important Bird Areas in Garret and Allegany Counties. The University of Maryland Public Health Study of 2014 stated that fracking will cause habitat destruction through spills of waste water. The EPA admitted in 2016 that fracking can contaminate pubic drinking water. MOS and Audubon MD-DC both support the fracking ban. The corresponding bill has passed the House of Delegates. Kurt R. Schwarz, Conservation Chair, Maryland Ornithological Society, <krschwa1...> We need your help to pass the Fracking Ban in the Senate!
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Our campaign to ban fracking in Maryland is gathering force - two weeks ago, over one thousand Marylanders rallied in Annapolis to oppose fracking, and on March 10th the Maryland House of Delegates agreed, voting overwhelmingly for legislation to prohibit this destructive practice from coming to our state.
Now it is time for the Maryland Senate to act! We are close to having the needed votes, but the bill's fate in the Senate is still uncertain.
Please tell your state senator to ban fracking in Maryland by supporting SB 740, the senate ban bill! If your legislator is a co-sponsor or already in support, we still need you to speak up. We need all of our Senate champions to talk to President Miller and Senator Joan Carter Conway and ask for the bill to move out of committee so it is voted upon the Senate floor.
Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," shoots millions of gallons of pressurized, chemical-laden water deep into the earth to obtain shale gas. The evidence continues to mount that fracking pollutes our air, water, and land, and is a serious threat to public health. Methane emissions throughout the process threaten our climate. Yet Maryland's current moratorium on fracking expires in just a few months.
It's time for a ban. Let's turn our attention toward building a thriving economy based on clean, non-polluting energy sources. Fracking our state will take us backwards, not forward to this critical goal.
You can make a difference by writing or calling your state senator. Urge her or him to support this important bill and to ask Senate President Mike Miller to bring SB740 to a vote in the full Senate. We expect Senate action very soon, so please add your voice today!
Thank you for your support,
Jill Clark-Gollub Beyond Gas Committee Co-Chair
Mark Posner Legislative Chair
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