January 15, 2017
Senator Joan Carter Conway
Miller Senate Office Building, 2 West Wing
11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Dear Senator Conway:
Homewood Friends Meeting, a Quaker congregation in Baltimore City located in your district, joins with many organizations and communities across Maryland to support legislation establishing a ban on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” to extract natural gas in Maryland. While a moratorium currently exists on hydraulic fracturing in Maryland, that moratorium is set to expire in October 2017. We urge you and all of our elected representatives to support and work for implementation of a ban on this practice that degrades the environment, endangers human health, and extends our reliance on fossil fuels thereby accelerating global climate change.
We all want clean air, safe water supplies, healthy children, and a thriving and fair economy that provides job opportunities for all residents. Mounting scientific evidence points to the harmful effects of “fracking”. A permanent, statewide ban on “fracking” will protect our communities and environment from this risky drilling practice that can lead to toxic chemicals infiltrating the water supply and that releases significant amounts of methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. By banning “fracking”, we can focus on clean, renewable energy solutions that will sustain and strengthen — rather than divide and pollute — our communities.
Thank you for your consideration of our views. Please let us know your position on this legislation. We would be grateful for an opportunity to meet with you.
With best regards,
George Amoss, Clerk
On behalf of the members and attenders of Homewood Friends Meeting
3107 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
CC: Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Mike Miller, Speaker Michael Busch, and Members of the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates