Save Maryland from Unsafe Gas Fracking
  • Petitioned Robert Summers

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Office of the Secretary, Acting Secretary of the Environment, Maryland Department of the Environment
Robert Summers
Maryland Governor

Save Maryland from Unsafe Gas Fracking

    1. Keith Harrington
    2. Petition by

      Keith Harrington

      Washington, DC

In Western Maryland, over a quarter of land in Garrett County has been leased to polluters using a new technique called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", which been blamed in other states for polluting streams and tainting wells, even resulting in flammable tap water.

It is vital that we stop these companies from pursuing reckless, environmentally and socially destructive gas drilling in Maryland: Chief Oil & Gas has already been charged with 198 environmental and safety violations at 83 wells in Pennsylvania. Another company leasing land in Maryland, Samson, has been cited for 12 offenses on just two wells. As these companies inch closer to having their permits approved, Maryland remains unprepared to handle the natural gas industry boom that will surely come to the state.

In the 2011 Maryland General Assembly, a bill entitled Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Act of 2011 was introduced for the purpose of prohibiting the Department of the Environment from issuing well drilling permits for certain drilling activities involving the hydraulic fracturing of natural gas-bearing shale formations until a two year safety study on Fracking is carried out and certain conditions/criteria are met by the gas companies.

Unfortunately while the bill sailed through the House of Delegates it died in the Senate. Nevertheless the O'Malley administration is likely to take action to ensure that the goals of the legislation - to conduct thorough 2 year saftey studies - are met before any drilling permits could be issued. Please take a moment to sign the petition to Governor O'Malley and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Maryland Sues Gas Company for Fracking Spill

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      It seems the news just keeps getting worse these days for those in the Marcellus Shale gas-fracking business. First there was the damning new Cornell University study which revealed the worse-than-coal climate impacts of the natural gas drilling...

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Gas Fracking Gets Uglier as Maryland Senate Kills Safety Bill

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Legislators across the country have plenty of reasons to be wary of a natural gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” Use of the controversial procedure in places like Pennsylvania has produced a wide array of...

    5. Reached 500 signatures
    6. Keith Harrington
      Petition Organizer

      The bill has passed in the House of Delegates. On to the senate. Keep those signatures coming!

    7. Keith Harrington
      Petition Organizer

      More great news! The House Environmental Matters committee voted 19 to 5 to pass the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Act of 2011! The bill is now heading to the floor. Now we need to get signatures to the floor to prevent any kind of weakening amendments. Also please keep sending those emails to the Senate committee.

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Keith Harrington
      Petition Organizer

      Great news! Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is strongly behind the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Act of 2011. The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources both strongly declared their support for the bill during it's first hearing yesterday. Please keep the signatures coming!

    10. Reached 100 signatures
    11. How Maryland Can Turn the Tide on Destructive Gas 'Fracking'

      Jess Leber
      Petition Organizer

      Pennsylvania is one among several states whose residents have experienced the painful costs of a reckless rush to exploit natural gas reserves through the controversial drilling process called hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”. The residents of...


    Reasons for signing

    • kathy Baker ELLICOTT CITY, MD
      • about 3 years ago

      Strongly oppose pollution of water,killing of animals and plants. Destroying natural environment.

    • Jonathan Gillis BALTIMORE, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Natural gas drilling, or "fracking", like mountain top removal, logging, etc., equals the continued destruction of the Natural, or real, world, which humans and nonhumans depend on for survival. The ongoing ecocide must stop if there is to be a future for any of us.

    • Kyle Hackmeister WILLIAMSPORT, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Weatherford International employee

    • Paul Bermanzohn ROSENDALE, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Dear Gov.:

      Please be brave and honorable.Do not allow this environmentally destructive process to go forward.

      Paul C. Bermanzohn, MD

    • Christine Eicher YORK, PA
      • over 3 years ago

      Dear Governor,

      I am glad to hear that your state is suing Chesapeake Gas Co., on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay and your residents. Please do all you can to stop them from polluting our (I'm from Pa.) waterways and destroying wildlife, marine life, bay life and human life. I wish my state Governor had as much common sense and foresight as you.


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