March 27, 2017 on Maryland Senate passing fracking ban

Washington, DC — Today, Maryland’s Senate passed a bill banning fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in the state. The bill now heads to Gov. Larry Hogan, who last week expressed his full support for the legislation and is expected to sign it into law.

In response, Fracking Campaign Coordinator Linda Capato Jr. gave the following statement:

“Despite Trump’s efforts to block climate action and roll back protections for people and the planet, communities in Maryland took matters into their own hands. This is an incredible victory that speaks to the power of grassroots organizing to take on the fossil fuel industry. Fracking is a reckless practice that threatens health and safety while intensifying the climate crisis.

“Maryland is taking a huge step forward, but communities are continuing to suffer as fracking and extreme extraction expands worldwide. This fight is a great reminder that when communities organize, we win. As more people fight back against this dangerous and dirty industry, elected officials everywhere should follow Maryland and other state’s example by banning fracking and putting the health of our communities and climate first.”


Contact: Dani Heffernan, [email protected], +1 (305) 992-1544