A threat to Maryland’s environment

The oil and gas industry wants to start drilling—known as “fracking”—in Maryland as soon as possible. Yet for years, they’ve left a trail of damage to the environment and public health right next door in Pennsylvania.

Gas drilling is risky and dangerous

In Pennsylvania, we’ve seen drinking water contaminated, waste spilled into rivers and streams, forests trampled by drilling rigs and trucks, and air pollution levels spiking near drilling sites.

Fracking in Pennsylvania has generated 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater that is loaded with toxic chemicals, corrosive salts, and sometimes even radioactive particles. We cannot risk our beloved rivers, streams, forests and fields to fracking.

Now, with a new proposed Liquified Fracked Gas Facility in Cove Point, Maryland faces the massive threat of pollution to our air and our precious water. If built, this facility would incentivize drilling to begin in our own state, create community-disrupting pipelines, and release global warming emissions during a time when Maryland is working to decrease our contribution to greenhouse gas pollution.

A track record of damage and pollution

Fracking companies say “trust us.” Yet next door in Pennsylvania, drilling companies have committed thousands of violations of environmental laws in the past few years alone. We can’t let Maryland’s environment see these kinds of effects:

  • Drinking water advisories each year for more than 325,000 residents near Pittsburgh; and
  • Explosions and accidents that have put local families and workers at risk.

Together, we can keep Maryland safe from drilling

Drilling in Maryland would threaten our clean water, clean air, and treasured places. So Environment Maryland is mobilizing concerned residents from across the state to keep us protected from dirty and dangerous gas drilling. Powerful lobbyists for the gas industry will fight us tooth and nail. But with your support, we can win real results to keep Maryland’s people and treasured natural places safe from drilling. 

Issue updates

Report | Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center

The Costs of Fracking

Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies—hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling—to unlock new supplies of fossil fuels in underground rock formations across the United States. “Fracking” has spread rapidly, leaving a trail of contaminated water, polluted air, and marred landscapes in its wake. In fact, a growing body of data indicates that fracking is an environmental and public health disaster in the making.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

The Cost of Fracking: Environment Maryland Documents the Dollars Drained by Dirty Drilling

Firing a new salvo in the ongoing debate over the gas drilling practice known as “fracking,” Environment Maryland Research & Policy Center today released a report documenting a wide range of dollars and cents costs imposed by dirty drilling. As documented in “The Cost of Fracking,” fracking creates millions of dollars of health costs related to everything from air pollution to ruined roads to contaminated property.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Environment Maryland responds to the President’s Budget


Today President Obama announced his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013. Ewa Krason, Environment Maryland Field Organizer, released the following statement.


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Report | Environment Maryland Research and Policy Center

The High Cost of Fossil Fuels

America is at an energy crossroad. As a nation, we are dependent on fossil fuels at a time of growing demand and dwindling supply. Meanwhile, fossil fuel use continues to impose massive environmental and economic costs. Now our country must choose between paying to continue the status quo and investing in a new energy future.

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News Release | Environment Maryland

Offshore Wind and Manure Management Regulations Top Environment Maryland’s Legislative Agenda for 2012

The full agenda outlines the Environment Maryland’s plans to restore the Chesapeake Bay, repower Maryland with clean energy, reduce global warming pollution, protect the state from natural gas drilling, preserve Maryland’s open spaces, and improve Marylanders’ quality of life.

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