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For Immediate Release

Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch, (202) 257-0057, kfried(at)fwwatch(dot)org

Americans Against Fracking Commends Maryland Legislators for Introducing Statewide Fracking Ban


Statement From Americans Against Fracking Advisory Committee Member, Biologist, Ithaca College Distinguished Scholar in Residence and Author Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D.

"Americans Against Fracking, a national coalition dedicated to banning hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and drilling associated with fracking for oil and natural gas in the United States, commends Delegate Shane Robinson and Senator Karen Montgomery for having the courage to introduce legislation in Maryland that bans hydraulic fracturing statewide.

"With this legislation, the State of Maryland would become a shining example of how to stand up to the powerful oil and gas lobby. It shows that Maryland's legislators find the livelihoods and health of their constituency to be more important than the profits of oil and gas companies.

"Americans Against Fracking represents over 160 public health, consumer, environmental and faith-based organizations that want to protect American communities from the economic problems and environmental dangers associated with fracking."

Including organizations such as Berks Gas Truth, Breast Cancer Action, CREDO Action, Catskill Mountain Keeper, Center for Biological Diversity, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Democracy for America, Food & Water Watch, Frack Action, Frack-Free Stark County, Illinois People's Action and National Nurses United, Americans Against Fracking supports federal state and local efforts to ban fracking and to stop practices that facilitate fracking like natural gas exports, frac sand mining and pipeline construction.

Americans Against Fracking is composed of the following groups: For more information about Americans Against Fracking, visit

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