I recently learned that two gas basins exist in Frederick County. The Gettysburg basin extends into the county from the north, and the Culpeper comes up from Virginia running near the Monocacy River to the city of Frederick. Combined these basins lie under 19 percent of Frederick County. This opens the county to the possibility of a company wanting to frack to obtain these gas reserves.

It has been well-documented that fracking can result in groundwater and surface water contamination, air pollution (fracked gas leaks into the air during drilling and piping) and other health impacts. In areas with fracking, as a result of the above issues, housing prices decrease (if they have any value at all) and are also influenced by heavy truck traffic and the presence of significant industrial equipment. Regarding global warming, some evidence indicates fhat racked gas leaks are worse for global warming than burning coal.

Maryland’s current moratorium on fracking expires in 2017. Now is the time for Frederick County to act to ban fracking. If you agree, please contact the County Council by phone, or by email at councilmembers@frederickcountymd.gov and urge that they pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing in Frederick County.

Veronica Poklemba

Ijamsville

(9) comments

DickD

Middletown gets all of it's water from deep wells, if fracking is allowed we could be in deep trouble.

Hayduke2

Too many concerns and questions about fracking and no long term data to look at. In my book, not worth the short term gain because of long term issues. Check out https://www.uwosh.edu/sustainability/resources/understanding-sustainability-1/hydraulic-fracturing for a good general synopsis..

threecents

Don't be a knee jerk. The question is not if it is guaranteed to be safe. The questions are if it is economical and if it can be safer and less polluting than alternatives. To say they are liars or that poorly done fracking can cause pollution, could just as easily said about coal, nuclear, and gas. Time to pick your poison until we all go solar, wind, geothermal, hydrogen...

ReadPhred

I agree 3c , but those decisions can't be made until we know what is being used in the fracking slurries and the drilling companies and government are complicit in hiding this information If there is no risk or the compounds used are safe, then there is no reason to hide the contents.

Dwasserba

Thank you, Veronica.

gary4books

Veronica is quite right. Fracking is a process that has risks and must be done by trained people and must have constant and lasting supervision. Otherwise it can be a real mess. Frederick County is rich. It has agriculture and resources that must be protected. Fracking has lead to energy independence for the USA and had given it great resources on the world economy. The decision is not easy. I suggest that we wait and make sure all fracking operations prove beyond any doubt that they can do their work carefully and safely. Otherwise the gas will wait.
We can afford to be cautious.

ReadPhred

I agree that this needs to be considered very carefully. One of my concerns is the drilling industries continued refusal to provide information on the constituents used in the fracking slurries and the government's refusal to make them do it. They have a very strong lobby. I believe that no fracking licenses should be extended until they are willing to identify the full make up of the slurries used and a determination is made about there safety. Its time for guidelines to be introduced to ensure water supplies are protected.

Dwasserba

They lie. And people are complacent until it affects them. Then the offers make it look like an easy choice. There is no safe fracking.

gary4books

Do not trust anyone. Ask for facts.

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