Washington, D.C. – The following is a statement from Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter in response to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s decision to enable a multi-year moratorium on fracking in the state, as reported by the Baltimore Sun on Friday:
“Given all that we now know about fracking, including inevitable air and water pollution, human health risks, and even earthquakes, Governor Hogan’s decision to enable a multi-year moratorium on the extreme drilling process is certainly prudent. Governor Hogan has shown that skepticism of fracking is not a partisan issue, and he draws stark contrast with a number of Democrats throughout the nation, most notably President Obama, that continue to ignore the compelling scientific case against this dangerous practice. Almost every week, new data continues to emerge pointing to fracking’s unacceptable hazards to our health and environment. As a result, we’re certain to see more local and state leaders hitting the pause button on fracking – or banning it outright, as Governor Cuomo smartly did.”
Food & Water Watch is a founding member of the Don’t Frack Maryland campaign, which brought together more than 100 Western Maryland business owners and has sent over 25,000 messages to legislators supporting a moratorium. Letters signed by more than 100 health professionals, and more than 50 restaurant owners, chefs, winemakers and farmers from across the state were also delivered to the legislature by the campaign.
Food & Water Watch is also a founding member of Americans Against Fracking, and was the first national organization to call for a complete ban on fracking in the United States.
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