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February 20th, 2013

College Park City Council Votes to Support Fracking Ban

Council Members Vote 6-2, Will Support State Legislators Who Call for Ban

Statement from Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

Washington, D.C.—“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.”

To learn more about legislation to ban fracking in Maryland, click here.

Contact: Rich Bindell, Food & Water Watch, 202-683-2457, [email protected]

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