Keep Maryland Safe From Drilling
Oil and gas companies want to start drilling in Maryland using a dangerous process called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking." They want to get started as soon as possible, regardless of the dangerous effects of drilling we’re seeing in nearby states like Pennsylvania. Well, they’ve got a fight on their hands – thousands of Marylanders are joining our effort to help stop gas drilling from contaminating our drinking water, polluting our air, destroying beautiful land, and threatening our health.
A threat to Maryland’s environment
The oil and gas industry wants to start drilling—known as “fracking”—in Maryland as soon as possible. Yet for years, they’ve left a trail of damage to the environment and public health right next door in Pennsylvania.
Gas drilling is risky and dangerous
In Pennsylvania, we’ve seen drinking water contaminated, waste spilled into rivers and streams, forests trampled by drilling rigs and trucks, and air pollution levels spiking near drilling sites.
Fracking in Pennsylvania has generated 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater that is loaded with toxic chemicals, corrosive salts, and sometimes even radioactive particles. We cannot risk our beloved rivers, streams, forests and fields to fracking.
Now, with a new proposed Liquified Fracked Gas Facility in Cove Point, Maryland faces the massive threat of pollution to our air and our precious water. If built, this facility would incentivize drilling to begin in our own state, create community-disrupting pipelines, and release global warming emissions during a time when Maryland is working to decrease our contribution to greenhouse gas pollution.
A track record of damage and pollution
Fracking companies say “trust us.” Yet next door in Pennsylvania, drilling companies have committed thousands of violations of environmental laws in the past few years alone. We can’t let Maryland’s environment see these kinds of effects:
- Drinking water advisories each year for more than 325,000 residents near Pittsburgh; and
- Explosions and accidents that have put local families and workers at risk.
Together, we can keep Maryland safe from drilling
Drilling in Maryland would threaten our clean water, clean air, and treasured places. So Environment Maryland is mobilizing concerned residents from across the state to keep us protected from dirty and dangerous gas drilling. Powerful lobbyists for the gas industry will fight us tooth and nail. But with your support, we can win real results to keep Maryland’s people and treasured natural places safe from drilling.
- Learn the truth about fracking. Watch our new expose and take action to stop fracking today. Take action.
- Drilling in Pennsylvania has left a legacy of polluted streams, trampled forests, sickened families, and contaminated drinking water (pictured).
- In Pennsylvania, 65 drilling companies have committed more than 4,000 violations of state environmental laws over the course of four years.
- Fracking poses a threat to our waterways, our land and our health, so Environment Maryland is working to ban the practice before it gets underway in Maryland.