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Press Releases: FrackingPress Releases Found: 67
March 19, 2013
Press Release: Washington, D.C.—Yesterday, the Baltimore City Council passed legislation to ban the treatment, disposal, discharge and storage of fracking wastewater in Baltimore City. Baltimore has now taken a critical step in protecting citizens from dangers associated with processing wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing or fracking. With this legislation, Baltimore speaks loud and clear: it will not become a dumping ground for the toxic waste produced by oil and gas wells upriver. Councilman James Kraft introduced the ordinance, along with co-sponsors Bill Henry, William “Pete” Welch, Edward L. Reisinger, Mary Pat Clarke, Sharon Green Middleton, Nick Mosby, Robert W. Curran, Helen L. Holton.
Modern fracking to extract natural gas from shale formations can result in millions of gallons of wastewater for every new well that is drilled and fracked. This fracking wastewater contains not only the chemicals used in fracking fluid, but also harmful natural contaminants from deep underground that are carried to the surface after fracking. Contaminants used in fracking, including benzene, xylene, ethylene glycol, and 2-butoxyethanol, have been linked to cancer and have negative affects on the nervous system, kidney, and liver.
“We know that the wastewater resulting from fracking can have serious environmental and health consequences,” said Councilman Kraft. “This legislation will ensure that there will not be any disposal, storage, or treatment of this wastewater in Baltimore City.”
Maryland is not currently equipped to safely manage the hazardous waste produced by fracking and drilling, which would involve proper underground injection wells used for disposal of oil and gas wastewaters. The state’s wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to handle the contaminants typically contained in fracking wastewater, which includes naturally occurring radioactive material. Since fracking wastewater is exempted from federal-and state-level regulations pertaining to hazardous waste, thanks to the oil and gas industry, there would be no protections for Marylanders without legislation that specifically bans the processing or disposal of the toxic chemicals associated with fracking.
“We commend the Council for recognizing the potential for negative impacts related to fracking. And we thank Councilman Kraft and his colleagues for leading on this issue. By passing this ordinance they are protecting Baltimore from dangers associated with treating wastewater, which can contain extreme levels of harmful contaminants and chemicals,” said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. “We hope that other Maryland cities and towns, from Cumberland to Frederick to Annapolis, follow Baltimore’s lead by taking action to protect their citizens.”
“The City already has its hands full with addressing the existing contamination in its waterways and threats to the health of its residents,” said Tina Meyers, Baltimore Harbour Waterkeeper for Blue Water Baltimore. “Accepting fracking wastewater would just be another burden that our wastewater treatment plants, our waterways, and our residents cannot bear.”
“There is no disputing that the transportation and attempt to treat fracking waste fluid with its use of water laced with unidentified chemicals is a threat to the health and safety of Maryland residents, subjecting drinking water resources, rivers, wells and aquifers to the risk of contamination,” stated Andy Galli of Clean Water Action. “In passing this ordinance the Baltimore City Council has certainly establish the proper public health and environmental safe-guards for protecting the citizens of Baltimore and neighboring counties.”
Contact: Rich Bindell, Food & Water Watch, 202-683-2457, [email protected]
March 15, 2013
Media Statement: “With its proposed Energy Security Trust, the Obama Administration continues to create the illusion that natural gas will provide a clean path to a low- carbon future.
March 14, 2013
Media Statement: “As science advisor to Americans Against Fracking, I salute Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) for supporting a moratorium on hydraulic fracking in the Land of Lincoln.
March 4, 2013
Media Statement: “President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Ernest Moniz to the position of Secretary of Energy contradicts his previously stated commitment to addressing the challenges associated with global climate change. A proponent of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the increasingly controversial method of natural gas extraction, Moniz does not have the independence or the vision to guide our nation’s energy future.
February 22, 2013
Press Release: In anticipation of his rumored appointment of Dr. Ernest Moniz to the position of Secretary of Energy, Americans Against Fracking today urged President Obama to reconsider his selection.
February 20, 2013
Statement: “Food & Water Watch commends the College Park City Council on their decision to support legislation that calls for a ban on drilling and fracking for shale gas throughout the entire state of Maryland. The College Park Councilmembers recognize that natural gas is the wrong direction for Maryland, and it’s good to see them join a growing list of Maryland leaders willing to take a stand against the oil and gas industry.
“Maryland lawmakers are in a unique position to put legislation in place now to defend against the harmful effects of fracking. This is why Maryland Del. Shane Robinson (D-39) and Maryland Sen. Karen Montgomery (D-MD) introduced a bill to ban fracking throughout the state. Their legislation is the only way to guarantee the protection of public health and the environment, and it’s great to see the City of College Park get behind their efforts.
“Marylanders need only look north to our neighbors in Pennsylvania to see the dangers that fracking poses to our water and air. The state has an opportunity to put the breaks on fracking before it starts. Food & Water Watch calls on lawmakers to pass the legislation introduced by Delegate Shane Robinson and Senator Karen Montgomery that would ban fracking in Maryland before it’s too late.”
February 13, 2013
Media Statement: President Obama was right to proclaim the importance of speeding our transition to a clean energy future last night in his State of the Union Address, but natural gas has no place in that plan.
February 12, 2013
On the eve of what could be a major decision in New York’s battle over whether to allow the process of hydraulic fracturing to take place in the state, 135 environmental, public health, faith and labor organizations ran a full-page advertisement in the Des Moines Register today reminding Governor Andrew Cuomo that his presidential aspirations may be affected by his actions on the controversial process.
January 31, 2013
United States to President Obama: Protect our Future, Ban Fracking and Liquefied Natural Gas Exports
Press Release: A week after President Barak Obama committed to addressing the increasing threat of global climate change in his second inaugural address, 119 local, state and national environmental, public health, consumer and faith-based organizations today called on him to stop promoting policies that facilitate drilling and fracking for oil and gas, including those that would increase the exportation of liquefied natural gas (LNG).
January 29, 2013
Media Statement: Americans Against Fracking, a national coalition dedicated to banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and drilling associated with fracking for oil and natural gas in the United States, commends Delegate Shane Robinson and Senator Karen Montgomery for having the courage to introduce legislation in Maryland that bans hydraulic fracturing statewide.