Citizens will deliver more than 500 petitions from residents and local businesses; speakers include leaders from other Western Md. towns that have banned fracking
FROSTBURG, Md. â€” Dozens of Frostburg residents will rally this Thursday and testify before the Frostburg City Council to press for local action to ban fracking, a dangerous form of gas drilling proven to cause air and water pollution and serious health problems.
Citizens will don â€śFrack-Free Frostburgâ€ť t-shirts and rally ahead of Thursdayâ€™s City Council meeting with an actual â€śban wagon,â€ť urging their city councilmembers to get on board to protect local drinking water, businesses, and public health and safety.
At the City Council meeting, community leaders will deliver petitions signed by more than 500 Frostburg residents and 23 local businesses calling for passage of a citywide fracking ban. Frostburg residents and leaders will also testify to the City Council about the urgency of action.
WHAT: Frostburg â€śGet on the Ban Wagonâ€ť Rally and City Council Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, October 20, 2016. The rally will begin at 6:15 p.m. The City Council meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: The rally will take place at Armstrong Insurance, 21 S Water St, Frostburg, MD 21532 (across the street from the Frostburg Community Center where the City Council Meeting will be held).
WHO: The event is sponsored by Frack-Free Frostburg and will include more than 50 area residents. Speakers at the rally and City Council meeting will include:
Jess Whittemore, member of the Friendsville Town Council, which banned fracking in July 2016
Nina Forsythe, founding member of Frack-Free Frostburg
Don Sincell, member of the Mountain Lake Park Town Council, which banned fracking in 2011 (testifying to City Council)
WHY: Marylandâ€™s existing two-year moratorium on fracking will expire in October of 2017. Unless local and state leaders take action to ban fracking, industrial drilling operations could begin in Western Maryland soon after, bringing dangerous truck traffic, dropping home values, and toxic air and water pollution.