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In neighboring states and across the nation, evidence is mounting that drilling and fracking for natural gas leads to polluted air and water, serious health problems, earthquakes and economic losses for local communities.

Maryland’s new governor, Larry Hogan, has said he wants to move forward with drilling — despite the growing evidence of harm. The latest poll in Maryland found 56 percent of Maryland registered voters oppose fracking. New York state recently banned fracking, citing significant public health risks and unknown long term cumulative health effects.

A ban on fracking in Maryland is necessary to protect human health, land and water resources, and sustainable economic development in our state. The Maryland General Assembly must prioritize the health and safety of its residents, stand with the science and pass a statewide ban on fracking.