Annapolis, MD – After years and years of nonstop work, the grassroots movement is celebrating the Maryland legislation banning fracking that went into effect on October 1st. Food & Water Watch fought with our allies in the Don’t Frack Maryland coalition to stop the energy industry’s reckless plans to frack the Marcellus Shale in western Maryland. We now look to keep Maryland as a leader in championing sustainable energy by urging our legislators to support the Off Fossil Fuels Act that calls for a rapid move to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035.
“After years of relentless and urgent pressure from Maryland residents, the fracking ban is a true testament to the power of grassroots and community organizing. We’re thrilled that Maryland will avert the severe impacts of hydraulic fracturing, but want to remind our elected officials that this is just one step in the direction we need to be going. With pro-fossil fuel and climate change denying policies still rampant at the federal level, it's time to double down and work urgently to transition away from fossil fuels in our state.
“Together, we can use the momentum from our victory in banning fracking to ensure that Governor Hogan and the rest of the Maryland legislature continue to put the interests of Maryland residents before industry. As a state that is already being affected by climate change and rising sea levels, Maryland needs to lead the pack in the urgent quest to get off fossil fuels entirely by passing the Off Fossil Fuels Act.
“The battles against fracking in other states across the country, will only continue to grow. Let Maryland be a message to legislators everywhere: this is the direction we need to be going when it comes to the climate. We look forward to the next steps to continue to preserve the air, water and health of all Marylanders from the known dangers of fracking, and all dirty energy practices.”