Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

January 15, 2013

It’s the water we need to survive, not the natural gas

In response to the article “Battle lines being drawn over fracking in Maryland” (Jan. 8 Times-News, Page 1A), I must inform Sen. George Edwards that those of us working to ensure fracking is fully studied before commencing in Maryland will do everything we can, too.

We are not environmental extremists. We understand the importance of money and jobs, but we believe the importance of preserving the natural world for our health, livelihoods and for future generations is just as, if not more, important.

Our bodies do not need natural gas in order to survive, but they do need water. We need to protect it.

We hope to see a statutory moratorium bill passed this year in Maryland’s General Assembly. This would ensure, by Maryland state law, that there will be no fracking in the state until the necessary studies are complete.

I have heard and read countless stories from those who have seen firsthand the damage fracking can cause to families and communities. It is devastating, and this is no exaggeration.

Allowing this activity, in Garrett County especially, would completely change the landscape that many of us hold so dearly to our hearts. People living outside of this region visit here for that landscape and the outdoor living experience it provides.

Fracking would drastically change that, affecting those who depend on the outdoor living experience for their livelihoods.

I urge Maryland residents who support fracking, or may be on the fence, to learn more about what has happened to others for whom it is too late. We don’t just drink water, but we bathe and cook with it. Let’s not take it for granted.

Desiree Bullard

Cumberland

 

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