Target: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
Goal: Praise Maryland for instituting a ban on fracking.
The toxic natural gas extraction method of fracking will no longer be allowed in Maryland, thanks to legislation that has recently become law in the state. This is a great victory for the environment and public health. Applaud the state for implementing such a progressive ban.
The struggle against fracking is a tough one. The vested interests of fossil fuel giants are wrapped up in the practice, so they fight tooth-and-nail against the wishes of the public who want to see the practice done away with. Needless to say, they have a lot of money, and politicians don’t like to go against them because of it.
In Maryland, though, the public has gained a significant victory. A two-year ban on fracking has been made law. Though the ban has an expiration date, in the two years the state has it will conduct public health and environmental reviews of the practice, which lawmakers will take into account when the time comes to extend the ban in perpetuity or let it expire. A similar short ban and review process took place in New York, which led to the practice being totally banned.
Marylanders, and environmentally-conscious people everywhere, therefore have reason to celebrate in the short-term and cause to be optimistic in the long-term. Sign the petition below to thank Maryland Governor Larry Hogan for banning this destructive method of energy extraction in his state.
Dear Governor Hogan,
I am writing you today regarding the two-year ban on fracking in your state that has recently gone into effect. Specifically, I wanted to take the time to thank you for letting the bill instating the ban turn into law. It is a victory you and all other Marylanders can be proud of.
The concerns Americans have with fracking are many and legitimate. It produces so much toxic waste that its runoff regularly penetrates drinking water supplies and contaminates it with toxic chemicals, sometimes even ones that turn the water flammable. This contamination could also happen writ large with aquifers, which would negatively impact water supplies for generations, potentially. In addition, fracking leads to air pollution and methane leaks, exacerbating global warming.
Clearly then, fracking is a serious public health and environmental concern. I have no doubt that this will be confirmed by the reviews your state will prepare over the next two years. By letting this current ban become law, you have laid the groundwork for a permanent ban in your state. I thank you for doing the right thing and stopping fracking from taking place in Maryland.
[Your Name Here]
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