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Press Releases: FrackingPress Releases Found: 65
May 6, 2013
Media Statement: “President Obama’s comments that he supports accelerating liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports is great news for the oil and gas industry and bad news for the rest of us.
May 3, 2013
Press Release: A coalition of grassroots organizations including Americans Against Fracking, Illinois People’s Action and Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment (SAFE) have urged Governor Pat Quinn and Speaker of the House Michael Madigan to reject a bill pending in the state legislature that would lay legal groundwork for the process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to take place in the state and instead pass a moratorium on the controversial energy extraction process.
April 25, 2013
Press Release: Americans Against Fracking and 24 national, state, and local groups representing public health, consumers and the environment, submitted a letter to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, expressing serious concerns about the push to approve fracking in the state. The groups cited the findings of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission’s (MSAC’s) draft report on fracking, which warns that fracking could have significant negative impacts in Maryland, yet presumes it is inevitable and should be regulated rather than prohibited in Maryland.
April 17, 2013
25 Groups and Over 90 Medical and Health Professionals Submit Letter Calling for Comprehensive Fracking Study
Over 90 medical professionals and representatives of over 25 consumer, health and environmental advocacy organizations submitted a letter today to members of the North Carolina General Assembly expressing concern over the Council’s efforts to approve fracking without having completed a comprehensive study on its potential public health impacts. The letter, submitted today by representatives of several groups shortly before holding a press conference, points out that in other states where fracking activities are occurring, communities have seen well leaks, explosions, spills and water and air contamination, all of which impact public and environmental health. The groups cited the concerns of several agencies, aiming to demonstrate to the General Assembly that there is currently insufficient data regarding the long-term effect associated with high volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) or fracking, and that they should conduct a critical assessment of the process.
April 16, 2013
“Food & Water Watch is alarmed by the recently released findings of the Marcellus Shale Advisory Comission, the first full comprehensive analysis of fracking in Maryland. The report, released by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science—and commissioned by Governor Martin O’Malley—was discussed in detail at a hearing yesterday and confirmed the fears and concerns of fracking opponents: that fracking is inherently unsafe and that negative impacts from fracking are guaranteed.
“Now that Governor O’Malley has seen the huge red flags that this study and the commission he created are raising, we hope that he will recognize the high risks associated with fracking and abandon his plan to open up Maryland to this dangerous process.
April 9, 2013
Press Release: As the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee conducts confirmation hearings to fill the position of Secretary of Energy, Americans Against Fracking, a broad-based coalition of public health, consumer, labor and environmental groups, today sent the committee a letter urging it to reject Dr. Ernest Moniz’s nomination.
April 4, 2013
Group Asks NC Attorney General to Investigate Possible Conflicts of Interest Behind NC’s Rush to Frack
Press Release: Some of North Carolina’s State legislators have been rather hurried in their efforts to open up North Carolina to drilling and fracking for natural gas, leading many residents to wonder why. Today, Food & Water Watch submitted a letter to North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper that outlines serious conflicts of interest and a “pattern of political patronage” among public officials in the Governor’s administration, on the Mining and Energy Commission, and in the General Assembly. The letter calls on Attorney General Cooper to investigate the conflicts of interests presented by the financial ties of prominent figures pushing fracking in North Carolina.
March 21, 2013
Media Statement: “The Center for Sustainable Shale Development, a new greenwashing group backed by the oil and gas industry, will not mitigate the economic, environmental and public health threats posed by hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
“New research released this week by the Public Accountability Initiative and Propublica further highlight the fact that Dr. Ernest Moniz lacks the vision and independence to serve as our nation’s Secretary of Energy.
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]