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Coalition of Maryland Christian Leaders Back Proposed Fracking Ban

3 Written by: | Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017 12:31pm

Protesters outside Baltimore state Sen. Joan Carter Conway’s office.

As the debate about fracking heats up in Annapolis, faith leaders representing thousands of worship houses across the state have thrown their support behind a proposal to permanently ban the drilling practice.

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Baltimore County State Senator Introduces Fracking Ban in Annapolis

0 Written by: | Friday, Feb 03, 2017 12:48pm

Photo by Thomas Meyer, via Food and Water Watch Maryland/Facebook

State Sen. Bobby Zirkin today kicked off a widely anticipated legislative battle in the Maryland General Assembly over the issue of fracking.

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Top Stories: War Memorial Lighting Fix Planned, A Home with Southern Charm in North Roland Park, Documentary About Baltimore Step Team Praised at Sundance

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 27, 2017 4:54pm

Our most popular story this week was Ed Gunts’ coverage of a planned restoration project for Baltimore’s 92-year-old War Memorial Building at 101 N. Gay Street. Ed Gunts reported in his Urban Landscape column that the historic building is set to receive a simple makeover when the city removes the soundproofing covering the interior glass windows. Once that’s finished, natural light can flood into Memorial Hall and let its design truly shine.

Here were our other most-read stories from Saturday, Jan. 21 through today: Read More →

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Wednesday Morning Headlines: Fracking Looms Before General Assembly; Norovirus Circling Baltimore Area; and More

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017 7:23am

Inside Baltimore Police training: A ‘shoot don’t shoot’ scenario – Fox Baltimore

Cross Street Market developer grilled over merchants’ treatment – Baltimore Brew

One-third of Maryland families are struggling to make ends meet, United Way report finds – ABC2

Fracking looms ahead of legislative session – WYPR

Doctor: Norovirus making rounds around Baltimore area – WBAL-TV

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Fracking is Set to Become a Hot Topic in Maryland Again in 2017

0 Written by: | Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 12:37pm

Natural gas heats our homes, fuels more of our electricity.

Natural gas heats our homes and fuels more of our electricity.

When your home’s heater turned on this chilly morning, it was most likely powered by natural gas that bubbled up from underground through fracking. After ten years and 137,000 wells drilled in the U.S., by May 2017, our state will be the last in the union to decide whether to frack. Fracking is important to understand because our country’s fossil fuel energy strategy rests on fracking.

Though we live three hours from Western Maryland’s potential fracking fields, you have a voice in whether our state fracks or not. During the 2017 Maryland General Assembly, your state senator and three delegates will cast your vote to either ban fracking permanently, or to allow permits in October 2017. 

Over the next few months, we’ll bring you up-to-speed with short articles that will zero-in on one fracking topic to help you make an informed decision about fracking. 
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City Council Backs a Symbolic Ban on Fracking in Baltimore

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Nov 15, 2016 10:43am

Courtesy Food and Water Watch Maryland

Courtesy Food and Water Watch Maryland/Facebook

Baltimoreans can rest assured for at least another year that there won’t be any giant drills coming into town in search of natural gas.

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Maryland County Becomes First to Ban Fracking

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016 9:06am

Don't Frack Maryland successfully mobilized citizens, green groups and public health professionals to ban fracking in Maryland until at least October 2017.

This week, Prince George’s County’s city council voted unanimously to ban natural-gas drilling–better known as fracking –throughout the county. They are the first county in the state to take such action. Read More →

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Fracking’s Good Samaritans

2 Written by: | Thursday, Sep 10, 2015 1:00pm

Friends of the Harmed volunteers Dana Dolney, Kyle Pattinson, Briget Shields and Jason Bell.

Friends of the Harmed volunteers Dana Dolney, Jason Bell, Briget Shields and Kyle Pattison. Not pictured: Anna Hansen.

When it comes to fracking, Maryland is unique. Along with New York and a few countries, no fracking wells have been drilled in western Maryland. Though our state’s natural gas lies west below Garrett and Alleghany counties, deciding to frack or not will most likely be decided in our General Assembly. All Marylanders will play a role in choosing whether to frack or not.

There’s time to get up-to-speed on fracking’s realities since Maryland’ General Assembly legislated a fracking moratorium until October 1, 2017.  Fracking’s a fairly complicated topic. Here at Baltimore Fishbowl we plan to publish stories that break fracking down into bite-sized chunks, and lay out key issues that don’t often pop up in the media.

Since our sister states, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, are roughly one decade into fracking, we’re starting at the end. What’s happened over time to homeowners living near fracking wells? What’s happened when something went wrong? Who helped, and were any damages fixed? It’s estimated that 15 million Americans live near our country’s 100,000 fracking wells.

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Fracking’s Air Pollution is Migrating into Baltimore

2 Written by: | Thursday, May 07, 2015 11:33am

Neighboring state’s hydraulic fracturing air pollution is floating into Baltimore’s air.

The gift that Baltimore doesn’t need: Marcellus Shale’s fracking air pollution. We don’t even frack in Maryland, but University of Maryland scientists recently discovered that doesn’t matter. Published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, their research reveals that toxic air pollution from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia’s 10,000+ fracking wells floats right over to, you guessed it, Baltimore. This isn’t good, people.

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Next stop for Oil Bomb Trains: Baltimore?

8 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 19, 2015 11:00am

How would Baltimore's again train tunnel handle an oil train fire similar to this Lynchburg, VA explosion?

How would Baltimore’s Inner Harbor-area handle an oil train fire similar to this Lynchburg, VA explosion?

If Targa Resources has its way, “oil bomb” trains will rumble through Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on their way to the company’s proposed Curtis Bay oil storage facility.  The same type of oil trains that exploded in West Virginia this week may already be chugging through Baltimore, but no one knows for sure if that’s true or not. Let’s take a look at how our country’s fracking boom may put thousands of Maryland homes squarely in a potential oil train blast zone and also learn who’s trying to protect Maryland’s citizens.

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