Ask your legislator to ban fracking in Maryland!

MD Ban Fracking LogoWe need to keep fracking out of Maryland! Fracking is a type of gas drilling that injects millions of gallons of hydraulic fluids - a mixture of chemicals, water and sand - into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock underground, releasing natural gas. This process can deplete and contaminate local water, damage the environment and threaten public health.

As Maryland legislators make decisions on fracking this session, they need to hear from you.

Please fill out the form below to send your legislator a message asking them to support the bill to ban fracking outright in Maryland.

Learn more about fracking

Fracking and other unconventional methods of extracting oil and natural gas come with intensive drilling and mining, massive amounts of toxic waste, air pollution and pervasive infrastructure that threatens our essential food and water resources.

To frack a well, operators mix millions of gallons of water with tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals, including some known to cause cancer, and then pump it all into the earth at extreme pressure to try to break up rock formations so oil and natural gas might flow.

Drilling and fracking:

  • require millions of gallons of water for each well, competing with farmers for local water supplies.
  • produce massive amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste with no good disposal options.
  • contaminate sources of drinking water as a result of disposal problems and the thousands of leaks and spills every year.
  • can lead houses and water wells to explode, due to contamination from methane and other harmful gases.
  • bring untold costs to local communities, from declines in agriculture, real estate and tourism to road damage, public health problems and increased demand for social services.
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Dear [Decision Maker],

I urge you to support Delegate Shane Robinson and Senator Karen Montgomery's legislation to ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Maryland.

Again, I ask you to co-sponsor and support Delegate Shane Robinson and Senator Karen Montgomery's fracking ban legislation.

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]