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Press Releases: Fracking

Press Releases Found: 87
April 9, 2014
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House Subcommittee’s Approval of LNG Exports Means More Money for Big Oil and Gas, More Fracking In U.S. Communities

Washington, D.C. – “On Wednesday, the U.S. House’s Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power voted in favor of a bill to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) abroad under the guise of aiding Ukraine. But this bill, H.R.6, would only serve to increase profits for the oil and gas industry, greatly accelerating fracking here at home, endangering American communities, public health and the climate. We strongly recommend that both houses of Congress reject any and all plans to export LNG overseas.

April 3, 2014
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MD Fracking Health Study Narrow, Hasty, and Underfunded Say Health Experts

Baltimore—Today, a commissioner from Governor Martin O’Malley’s Marcellus Shale Commission joined three leading medical advocacy groups at a press conference in Baltimore in critiquing the timeline and scope of a study on the possible health impacts of shale gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” that is scheduled for release in June.

Representatives from the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE), Maryland Environment Health Network (MdEHN), Concerned Health Professionals of New York (CHPNY), Food and Water Watch and Ann Bristow warned that the study is poised to fall woefully short of meeting international standards and health study guidelines for protecting public health.

March 7, 2014
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Del. McIntosh Kills Fracking Wastewater Bill, Leaves Maryland Vulnerable to Contaminants From Out-of-State Fracking Waste

Annapolis, MD — “Today, the Maryland House of Delegates Environmental Matters Committee lost a valuable opportunity to provide protection for Marylanders against the dangers of fracking when it blocked legislation to ban the treatment, storage, disposal, and discharge of fracking wastewater in Maryland. It’s regrettable that the committee wasn’t allowed to pass the legislation.

“It’s outrageous that instead of asking for a simple yes or no vote, Chairwoman Maggie McIntosh asked ‘Who needs to vote for this to get re-elected?’ The fact that she then told a legislator that he didn’t need the vote ‘down there’ in his district shows her intent to not let the legislation through no matter how much support it had in committee.

February 19, 2014
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Liquefied Natural Gas: Not Worth the Energy

The Obama administration’s intention to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) will sacrifice the well-being of U.S. communities to the oil and gas industry’s relentless thirst for profits. Promoting LNG also contradicts the administration’s claims that drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas will make the United States more energy secure.

January 28, 2014
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On the Heels of Alarming New Information, Americans Against Fracking and Over 200 Groups Call on President Obama to Re-Open Investigations into Connection Between Fracking and Water Contamination in Parker County, Texas

“President Obama is in danger of leaving a toxic legacy if his administration doesn’t get its facts straight on fracking,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “The EPA needs to take responsibility for the mess caused by fracking, and once and for all, assess the risks of fracking to the public.”

January 22, 2014
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State and National Groups Fear O’Malley Decision On Fracking In Maryland By August

Annapolis, MD—In a letter to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and his administration, 14 state and national groups requested that the governor reveal his timeline for making a decision on fracking. Pointing out that the governor’s fracking commission is scheduled to issue its final report in August and that O’Malley’s term is over in January 2015, the groups asked O’Malley to disclose if he plans to make a decision on fracking between August 2014 and January 2015.

Recent news that the oil and gas industry is also targeting the Taylorsville shale basin for gas development has added extra urgency to the decision. The basin sits underneath parts of Charles, St. Mary’s, Prince George’s, Calvert and Anne Arundel counties, and means that drilling would not be limited to just the western portions of the state.

“It is clear that the governor will have full authority to decide if fracking is coming to Maryland on August 1,” said Jorge Aguilar, the southern region director for Food & Water Watch. “We believe the ball will be in the governor’s court because the three studies he requested from his Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission are due by June and a final commission report is due on his desk by Aug 1.”

December 12, 2013
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Dallas Fracking Ordinance a Huge Step Forward in Oil Country

“Food & Water Watch applauds the work of FracDallas and other community organizations whose work was instrumental in yesterday’s 9-6 City Council decision to enact restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Dallas.

November 19, 2013
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Celebrities Ask President Obama & Government Officials “What the Frack?”

Press Release: Today, celebrities and environmental advocates—including Malin Akerman, Lance Bass, Julie Bowen, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Darren Criss, Daryl Hannah, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Smart, Marisa Tomei, Wilmer Valderrama, Constance Zimmer and others—will be featured in a series of new viral videos, which aim to educate Americans about the dangers that fracking poses to the nation, and to put pressure on government officials to move to a renewable energy economy instead.

September 25, 2013
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New Food & Water Watch Analysis Reveals the Hidden Social Costs of Fracking

New analysis released today by the national advocacy organization Food & Water Watch shows that oil and gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is associated with increased incidence of traffic accidents, disorderly conduct arrests and sexually transmitted infections in rural communities

September 11, 2013
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Flawed Fracking Bill Passes California Assembly

Members of Californians Against Fracking respond as SB 4 heads to Senate for Concurrence Sacramento, Calif.— Senate Bill 4, which undermines existing environmental law and leaves Californians unprotected from fracking and other dangerous and extreme fossil fuel extraction techniques, passed the California Assembly today and will likely head to Governor Brown’s desk after a concurrent [...]

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