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 councilmembers@frederickcountymd.gov and County Executive Jan Gardner at jgardner@frederickcountymd.gov and tell them you want a ban on fracking in Frederick County.

Veronica Poklemba

Ijamsville

(6) comments

DickD

We can go to green energy, electric and fuel cell cars with no earthquakes. The future can be better or worse and the choice is ours.

DickD

Allegheny and Garrett Counties are many miles away, just how much would they effect Frederick County and if Frederick County would be effected what other counties would be effected. Are there any studies on this? This web site states that a study by MNBC found the waste water, injected into the wells, was a greater cause of Oklahoma's earthquakes than fracking itself.

http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/oklahoma-earthquakes-linked-fracking-study

gary4books

Might as well ban fracking. The gas will not go away. When people are convinced it can be used safely, it may go for a higher price.

Hayduke2

First, I strongly agree that Frederick county should ban fracking. For the benefit of extracting the oil and natural gas that may be under our county in relatively small numbers, the possible harm to the aquifer and the many wells that provide drinking water as well as the toxic materials used in fracking, the risks are far too great. If needed, those reserves will be there in the future so lets not get greedy.

However, I also feel the need to point out that the earthquakes she referred to are the result of injection wells that force water back into the aquifer and are associated with another process. Either way, they are potentially destructive and the long term impact is not known.

des21

Agreed.

Dwasserba

60 Minutes had a segment on this and OK's big industry is oil, which also produces wastewater, so we can already see the risks after wastewater disposal by looking at OK. Beware. No state is immune to earthquakes. Fracking is "popular" where unemployment was rampant. That's not here. We'd probably have to ship people in who want to do this. Why why why

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