Last week, a coalition of health and environmental groups in Maryland delivered a petition with 9,436 signatures to the American Petroleum Institute (API) and America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA). The petition requests that API and ANGA ask their members to publicly disclose the number of nondisclosure agreements signed with people who claimed to have been harmed by fracking, the locations of the alleged harm, and the reasons for each agreement. Read the entire petition.
In a press release, Gina Angiola, MD, a board member of Chesapeake PSR, said, “The industry’s use of nondisclosure agreements is part of a larger strategy to keep important information from the public on the health effects of fracking. It calls into question the Maryland General Assembly’s decision to allow fracking to begin in 2017. No industry that hides important health information should be allowed to operate in Maryland.”
Ann Bristow, PhD, a commissioner on former Governor Martin O’Malley’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative, said, “The overwhelming body of science now shows that fracking causes significant health risks and adverse outcomes. It is time for the industry to come clean with what it knows about these risks.
The petition was organized by Chesapeake PSR, Maryland Clean Water Action, and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and supported by Halt the Harm Network.
Fracking can begin in Maryland in October 2017. Chesapeake PSR is working to oppose fracking in Maryland through supporting common sense legislation, amplifying the voices of science, and pushing for fracking industry transparency.
To learn more: Visit our fracking page. Follow our #NoFrackSecrets campaign on Twitter and Facebook. Please also consider making a donation today to support Chesapeake PSR's work opposing fracking in Maryland.
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