Who We Are


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Don’t Frack Maryland brings together a diverse group of public interest organizations, labor groups, businesses, and faith communities from across Maryland and the United States. We are committed to passing a permanent, statewide fracking ban in Maryland.

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Position Statement:

Concerned by the rapidly expanding evidence of harm and the growing uncertainties caused by unconventional natural gas development and production, we, the undersigned organizations, call for a statewide ban on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, “fracking,” in Maryland.

The state’s current two-year moratorium fails to allow sufficient time for analysis of long-term or cumulative health effects. The emerging science on shorter-latency effects is showing significant threats that would affect the health and safety of Marylanders, and the quality of our air, water, and soil. Citing significant public health risks, including those documented in Maryland’s own health study, New York officials announced in 2014 that they would ban hydraulic fracturing in the State. Maryland, too, should proactively protect the health of its residents.

As dozens of business owners and food industry professionals told Maryland policymakers in 2015, fracking could cause irreparable damage to our state’s unique tourism and sustainable agriculture economies. There is no evidence that this risky practice can be made safe by best practices or state regulations; only an outright ban can protect Maryland’s health and economy.

Based on what we now know, we believe that fracking endangers public health and is the wrong approach to protect the robust Maryland economy and build a clean, sustainable energy future. We urge Maryland’s legislature to pass a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing.

Maryland Organizations

1000 Friends of Maryland

1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East – Maryland/DC Division

350 MoCo

Accokeek, Mattawoman, Piscataway Creeks Communities Council

Allegany & Garrett Counties’ Bird Club

Anacostia Watershed Society

Audubon Maryland-DC

Audubon Naturalist Society

Baltimore Bird Club

Baltimore County Green Party

Baltimore Free Farm

Baltimore Green Space

Baltimore Hoop Love

Beloved Community Church

Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community

Calvert Interfaith Council

Carroll County Bird Club

Central Maryland Ecumenical Council

Citizen Shale

Citizens for the Preservation of Middletown Valley

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Chesapeake Citizens

Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility

Chesapeake Sustainable Business Council

Clean Water Linganore, Inc.

Cleaner Water Foundation

Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis

Consumer Mom LLC

Country Parson Honey

Don’t Frack Western Maryland

Dream House

Ecumencial Leaders Group of Maryland

Environment Maryland

Environmental Integrity Project

Envision Frederick County

Frack-Free Frostburg

Friends of the Nanticoke River

Fox Haven Farm & Learning Center

Greater Accokeek Civic Association

Greater Baden-Aquasco Citizens Association

Greenbelt Climate Action Network

Gunpowder Garden Club

Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER

Hamilton Hills Neighborhood Association

Harford County Bird Club

Harford County Climate Action

Heckel Farm

Heritage Interiors LLC

HoCo Climate Change

Homewood Friends Meeting

Husky Power Dogsledding

Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)

League of Women Voters Maryland

Maryland Environmental Health Network

Maryland League of Conservation Voters

Maryland Native Plant Society

Maryland Organic Food and Farming Association

Maryland Ornithological Society

Maryland United for Peace and Justice

Mattawoman Watershed Societ

McGuire Fine Arts

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy

Moms Clean Air Force Maryland

Montgomery County Green Party

Montgomery County Progressive Alliance

Montgomery County Young Democrats

Mountain Maryland Kennels, LLC

Mt. Enon Baptist Church

Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community

National Organization for Women, Maryland

P.A. Bowen Farmstead

Paint Branch UUC Green Team

Patuxent Riverkeeper

PM Press

Potomac Pathways

Potomac Riverkeeper Network

Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition

Progressive Democrats of Maryland

Progressive Neighbors

Riverbend Estates Neighborhood Association

Riderwood Residents Supporting Sustainability

Rochdale Initiatives

Savage River Angler, LLC

Savage River Watershed Association

Save Western Maryland

Severn Riverkeeper

Sierra Club, Maryland Chapter

South River Federation

Spring Creek Outfitters

Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna

Strawser Brookview Farm

Ten Oaks Community Association

The Harvest Collective

Tierra Vista

Tomandy Art Gallery

Transition Howard County

Tri-County Bird Club

Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of MD

Upper Potomac Riverkeeper

Waterkeepers Chesapeake

We Are Cove Point

Western Maryland Professional Guides Association

Youghiogheny River Watershed Association

National Organizations

350.org

Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments

Breast Cancer Action

Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Health, Environment & Justice

Earthworks

Energy Justice Network

Environmental Action

Food & Water Watch

Frack Action

Friends of the Earth

Green America

National Nurses United

Oil Change International

Organic Consumers Association

Popular Resistance

Progressive Democrats of America

Rachel Carson Council

Rainforest Action Network

Voices for a Sustainable Future

Waterkeeper Alliance

Regional/Other Organizations

Berks Gas Truth

Beyond Extreme Energy

Cahaba Riverkeeper

Chesapeake Earth First!

Delaware Riverkeeper

District of Columbia Audubon Society

FANG: Fighting Against Natural Gas

Friends of Penobscot Bay

Friends of the Harmed

Great March for Climate Action

Green Party of Pennsylvania

Lehigh Valley Gas Truth

Marcellus Outreach Butler

Marcellus Protest

Mountain Watershed Association

North American Climate, Conservation and Environment (NACCE)

Our Health, Our Future, Our Longmont

Peoples’ Action for a Safe Environment

RIVERKEEPER

SEED: Stopping Extraction and Exports Destruction

Upper Burrell Citizens Against Marcellus Pollution

Westmoreland Marcellus Citizens’ Group