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Press Releases: Fracking

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March 24, 2015
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Maryland House Passes 3-Year Moratorium on Fracking

Calls Made to State Senate to Act in Defense of Public Health, Economic Viability  ANNAPOLIS— The Maryland House today passed legislation that would enact a 3-year moratorium on fracking statewide with a 93 – 45 vote in favor. The bill, the Protect Our Health and Communities Act (HB 449), was sponsored by Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo. […]

March 19, 2015

Governor Brown and Drought Package Miss the Mark by Leaving Out Restrictions on Agriculture, Oil Industries

“Spending one billion dollars will not create new water for California. In order to address the drought crisis, Governor Brown must place real limits on the State’s most egregious water users – the agriculture and oil industries.”

March 16, 2015
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Hundreds of National, State and Local Groups Urge Govs. Christie and Cuomo to Veto Port Ambrose LNG Plan

A letter sent today by advocacy group Food & Water Watch to Governors Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo, signed by 217 national, state and local organizations, called on the governors to veto an offshore liquid natural gas (LNG) port being proposed for construction in the waters just off New York and New Jersey.

March 11, 2015
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Western Maryland Business Owners Join Growing Call for Statewide Fracking Moratorium

Dozens of business owners and concerned residents of Western Maryland descended on the capital today to highlight strong and growing demand in their region for a statewide fracking moratorium. They presented a letter to legislative leaders signed by more than 100 Western Maryland business owners calling for the moratorium.

March 3, 2015
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Maryland Legislators, Businesses and Health Professionals 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.

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