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Press Releases: Fracking

Press Releases Found: 109
March 3, 2015
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Maryland Legislators, Businesses, Health Professionals and Advocates Call for Fracking Moratorium

A fracking moratorium bill introduced by Maryland Senator Karen Montgomery, Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, and 51 other General Assembly members, was heard before the Senate Committee on Education, Health and Environmental Affairs today. The Don’t Frack Maryland campaign held a rally in support of the bill, citing concerns over fracking’s effects on public health, tourism, real estate, agriculture, organic farming, and recreation industries, and Maryland’s long-term economic outlook.

February 24, 2015
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“Coloradans Against Fracking” Urges Statewide Ban on the Dangerous Gas and Oil Extraction Method

A broad-based coalition of groups has launched Coloradans Against Fracking, urging Governor Hickenlooper to use his executive authority to ban the dangerous oil and gas extraction process.

February 10, 2015
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“Don’t Frack Denver” Calls on Mayor, Council to Protect Mile High City

“Don’t Frack Denver” coalition launches in Colorado: “Fracking makes Coloradans sick, drives down property values and contaminates our public water and clean air,” said Sam Schabacker, Western Region Director with Food & Water Watch. “Denver’s exceptional quality of life is too precious to risk: fracking must not take place in our community or watershed.”

January 14, 2015
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Obama Administration’s Plan to Regulate Methane Offers Yet Another False Solution

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter  Washington, D.C.– “The Obama administration’s proposed methane rules are yet another half-measure, aimed at trying to clean up an inherently dirty fuel, essentially slapping lipstick on the proverbial pig and calling it ‘climate friendly.” If adopted, these regulations would wrongly promote natural gas as a ‘clean’ alternative […]

January 13, 2015
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Citing Growing Science, a Broad Coalition of 61 Health, Environment, Faith and Advocacy Groups Unite to Call on the State Legislature to Pass a Long-Term Moratorium on Fracking in Maryland

Seeking to protect Marylanders from the public health and environmental risks of fracking, 61 organizations are calling for a long-term moratorium on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Maryland. In a position statement released today, the groups emphasized that, “there is no evidence that the state can regulate hydraulic fracturing in a way that adequately protects public health, natural resources, or the economy.”

The diverse coalition of local, state and national public health organizations, faith, environmental, and other advocacy groups citing numerous peer-reviewed studies and reports, are calling on the Maryland General Assembly to pass a long-term moratorium to protect citizens from the many recorded dangers associated with fracking. “A recent analysis found that 96 percent of all papers published on health impacts indicate potential risks or adverse health outcomes.”

“Recent studies suggest that unconventional natural gas development can cause both short-term and long-term adverse health impacts, some of which may be irreversible,” said Dr. Gina Angiola, a member of the Board of Directors of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility. “These types of health impacts carry tremendous emotional and economic costs for families and communities. We urge the Maryland Legislature to adopt a long-term moratorium to allow time for more scientific and medical knowledge to emerge on the impacts of fracking.”

“As a nurse-midwife, I am deeply concerned about the elevated risks of birth defects and low birth weight babies seen in families near fracking sites. We need to protect our future generations and put a hold on fracking in Maryland,” said Katie Huffling, RN, CNM Director of Programs for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. “I urge the Maryland legislature to put the health of all Maryland’s citizens first and support a long-term moratorium on fracking Maryland.”

January 6, 2015
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Rep. Jenne Introduces Fracking Ban Bill in Florida House

“Yesterday, Florida Rep. Evan Jenne introduced legislation calling for a ban on fracking in Florida. By prohibiting “well stimulation treatments for exploration or production of oil or natural gas,” the bill prohibits hydraulic fracturing, acid fracturing and acid matrix fracturing. Food & Water Watch, along with its allies in the fight against fracking, applauds Rep. Jenne’s initiative in introducing legislation to protect Florida and its citizens from the dangers associated with drilling and fracking.

January 5, 2015
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114th Congress Could Be Worst Ever for the Environment

The swearing-in of the 114th Congress spells trouble for our food, water and environment. We may be looking at the most hostile Congress ever in terms of protecting the environment from fracking.

December 17, 2014
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Public Health and Advocacy Organizations Urge Legislature to Keep Fracking Out of Maryland

Concerned by both the rapidly expanding evidence of harm and by the growing uncertainties caused by unconventional natural gas development and production, a number of health and advocacy organizations have announced support for a long-term moratorium or ban on drilling and fracking for natural gas in Maryland.

Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that his administration will ban fracking in New York, heeding the strong recommendation from the public health officials in his administration that there is no scientific evidence showing that fracking can be done without risk to public health.

The coalition of health and advocacy organizations believes that Maryland should follow New York’s lead, as the science in Maryland is the same as the science in New York. Groups representing physicians, nurses, public health professionals and Maryland residents are calling for the legislative leadership to pass strong legislation that will implement a moratorium or ban on all drilling and fracking in the state.

December 10, 2014
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Congressman Mark Pocan Introduces Bill to Ban Fracking on Public Lands

Representatives Pocan and Schakowsky Take the Strongest Federal Action to Date Against Fracking in the U.S. Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) introduced a bill to ban fracking for oil and gas on federally owned, public lands with Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-09). This is the strongest federal bill against fracking introduced in Congress […]

November 19, 2014
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Lawsuit Filed Against Governor Kasich and ODNR Over Radioactive Fracking Waste

Today, a lawsuit was filed in Franklin County court against Governor Kasich and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources’ (ODNR) for the illegal approval of at least 23 fracking waste facilities. Fresh Water Accountability Project (FWAP) and Food & Water Watch (F&WW) brought the suit.

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