Since the governor has had regulations for fracking in Maryland developed, it is clear he is interested in supporting fracking when the moratorium expires in October 2017.
Related to consideration of this issue is an earthquake in Oklahoma on Sept. 3 rated by the U.S. Geological Service at 5.8 magnitude. Effects of this earthquake were felt as far away as Chicago.
In 2005, Oklahoma recorded a total of three quakes at a level of 2.5 or higher. In 2015, according to the USGS, 2,500 quakes were recorded in one year at that level or higher. Five states surrounding Oklahoma are now viewed as at a higher risk for earthquakes. Some have claimed that it cannot be proven that the increase in earthquakes is related to fracking. However, after the recent 5.8 magnitude quake, the governor of Oklahoma ordered the closure of 37 wastewater injection wells (used in fracking) in a 500-square-mile area.
If fracking comes to Maryland in 2017, it will most likely start in Garrett and Allegheny counties where there are larger shale deposits than we have in Frederick (there are shale deposits under 18 percent of Frederick County).
However, problems such as earthquakes will certainly reach us. That creates the potential for structural damage to homes, disruption of businesses, damage to roads, perhaps even disruption of our water supply and electricity.
A ban on fracking in Frederick County could lend support to achieving a statewide ban in the next legislative session. If you do not want to see the negative effects of fracking where you live, contact the Frederick County Council at firstname.lastname@example.org and County Executive Jan Gardner at email@example.com and tell them you want a ban on fracking in Frederick County.