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File #: 15-0241R    Version: 0 Name: Request for State Action - Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in Maryland
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Adopted
File created: 7/20/2015 In control: Judiciary and Legislative Investigations
On agenda: Final action: 11/14/2016
Enactment #:
Title: Request for State Action - Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in Maryland FOR the purpose of supporting the passage of a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing in Maryland.
Sponsors: James B. Kraft, Bill Henry, Helen L. Holton, Carl Stokes, Warren Branch, Brandon M. Scott, Sharon Green Middleton, William "Pete" Welch, Mary Pat Clarke, President Young, Robert Curran, Rochelle Spector, Edward Reisinger
Indexes: Fracturing, Maryland, Request for State Action
Attachments: 1. cb15-0241R~1st Reader, 2. DPW 15-0241R, 3. 15-0241R~2nd Reader
* WARNING: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL, INTRODUCTORY COPY OF THE BILL.
THE OFFICIAL COPY CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IS THE FIRST READER COPY.
INTRODUCTORY*

CITY OF BALTIMORE
COUNCIL BILL R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Kraft


A RESOLUTION ENTITLED

A COUNCIL RESOLUTION concerning
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Request for State Action - Ban Hydraulic Fracturing in Maryland
FOR the purpose of supporting the passage of a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing in Maryland.
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Recitals

Exposure to the chemicals used or released in hydraulic fracturing and hydraulic fracturingrelated activities may pose a widespread and significant risk to public health, safety, and the environment.

Hydraulic fracturing and hydraulic fracturingrelated activities can involve the use of high volumes of chemicals, some of which are known to be carcinogenic, neurotoxic, endocrine disruptors, or could otherwise be harmful to human health.

Hydraulic fracturing and hydraulic fracturingrelated activities use millions of gallons of freshwater per well, which are then contaminated by chemicals, salts, and potentially radioactive materials.

Pollution caused by hydraulic fracturing and frackingrelated activities threatens the longterm well-being of communities. Clear evidence exists that fracking diminishes property values, harms existing tourismrelated businesses, and disrupts economic sustainability by forcing reliance on a ?boom/bust? economic order. Fracking is also known to jeopardize air and water quality on which all communities depend.

Hydraulic fracturing irreversibly industrializes pristine rural communities, prohibiting their ability to rely on ...

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