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During Big Week for Fracking Battle, Poll Shows Marylanders Are Divided About a Ban

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As legislators prepare to meet in Annapolis today for hearings on two fracking-related measures, a new poll shows one in four Maryland voters are still unsure about a proposed fracking ban.

Making Your Voice Heard: To Frack or Not in Maryland

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This West Virginian mountaintop in Doddridge County was flattened to create a six-acre fracking well pad hosting six fracking wells. 

The decision to frack or not in Maryland is finally upon us. Even though most of us don’t live in western Maryland atop the natural gas fields, our state senators and delegates will cast votes to either ban fracking permanently, continue a moratorium or allow fracking permits in October 2017. Here’s the inside news about Maryland’s fracking fight, as well as the best actions you can take to make your voice heard about fracking’s fate in western Maryland.

Coalition of Maryland Christian Leaders Back Proposed Fracking Ban

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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.

Baltimore County State Senator Introduces Fracking Ban in Annapolis

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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.

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

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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:

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

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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. 

City Council Backs a Symbolic Ban on Fracking in Baltimore

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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.

Maryland County Becomes First to Ban Fracking

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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.

Fracking’s Good Samaritans

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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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