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 firstname.lastname@example.org and urge that they pass a ban on hydraulic fracturing in Frederick County.