Clean and safe natural gas production is finally within reach for Western Maryland—and all of the benefits that come with it.
Here’s the catch. Our lawmakers are under pressure from anti-energy groups to ban natural gas production in our state. If they succeed, we will never realize the jobs and economic benefits that Maryland energy development promises.
We can take a stand for the future of Maryland natural gas development, but we have to work together. That’s why we’re starting out by arming local Energy Citizens with the facts.
1. Savings—Locally produced natural gas will help make heating and electricity more affordable for Maryland households, schools, businesses, hospitals, and others.
2. Jobs and Economic Growth – Western Maryland natural gas production will create thousands of good paying Maryland jobs, add hundreds of million more dollars to the state’s economy, and generate millions of dollars in public revenues to improve schools and government services.
3. Environmental Progress—Economic growth and clean air go hand in hand because of natural gas. We have already lowered carbon emissions to 25-year lows, and Baltimore, in particular, has seen huge improvements in air quality.
4. Safety—Natural gas production, through hydraulic fracturing, has a proven safety record and Maryland will have the strictest set of regulations in the country.
As soon as Maryland lawmakers turn to this issue, we’ll be asking you to raise your voices. Keep an eye out for more information from us in the meantime.
Here is one of many reasons Florida depends on affordable American energy: Our families save an average of $1,300 on energy costs every year.
But now politicians in Tallahassee are under pressure from anti-energy groups to ban hydraulic fracturing in our state. This would set a terrible precedent that could impact the availability of affordable oil and natural gas for all Florida families and businesses.
It’s getting more and more difficult for anti-energy activists to claim that fracking harms water quality. A recent study from Ohio looks at the link between fracking and water contamination and it found no evidence to blame fracking for methane in water there:
A three-year study by the University of Cincinnati has determined that natural gas drilling has had no effect on the quality of water coming from wells in Carroll County.
The study looked at water quality in five counties – Carroll, Columbiana, Stark, Harrison and Belmont – with a focus on Carroll County, which has been the epicenter of the Utica Shale boom in eastern Ohio…
“The good news is that our study did not document that fracking was directly linked to water contamination,” said Dr. Amy Townsend-Small of the University of Cincinatti, who presented the findings at a meeting of Carroll Concerned Citizens.
While methane was found in the water, researchers confirmed that it was from underground coal seams, not natural gas drilling.
These findings should come as no surprise. Abundant evidence indicates that fracking is not a threat to groundwater quality.
It would be nice to think that this study (and the others which demonstrate fracking’s safety) will persuade opponents of this process to change their minds. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen. However, this study is important because it can help convince policymakers not to give into the misinformation that anti-fracking extremists so often peddle.
Texas Energy Citizens should be encouraged to read this publication and share it with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and others. It provides in-depth descriptions of:
How fracking, drilling and refining work.
Who regulates Texas oil and natural gas operations.
How air and water are protected.
How the energy sector benefits Texas communities.
In recent years, advances in fracking and horizontal drilling have enabled expanded access to oil and natural gas resources in many areas around the state. For the first time, many Texans are seeing energy operations in their communities—and understandably, they may have questions. This publication aims to answer questions and address concerns.
People familiar with Texas’ energy know that operators have a long history of safe operations. Extensive precautions are taken to ensure the safety of communities, energy workers, and the environment. In addition, energy operations are tightly regulated by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC). All of this is detailed in the book.
Energy Citizens aims to promote honest, fact-based conversations about American energy—how oil and gas are developed, and how American-made energy benefits our nation. Oil and Natural Gas in Texas is a great tool to help you have these conversations.
The moratorium on natural gas development has kept jobs and businesses out of Maryland for too long. Help us send a message to lawmakers on December 20 that Maryland should be open to progress and opportunity when it comes to developing our natural resources.
A Maryland legislative committee is considering new regulations for natural gas development in our state. Any regulations MUST be reasonable and consider their impact on Maryland jobs and energy costs.
Responsible energy production would give Western Maryland the chance to create thousands of good-paying jobs, boost the local economy, and make energy more affordable for families and businesses across the state. But time is short.
Please Email your Representatives now. Tell them you support responsible natural gas development and to consider jobs and energy prices when any new regulations are being discussed!
Hydraulic fracturing is safe, and reasonable government oversight and regulation are appropriate, but Maryland should follow the example of dozens of other states where production has proceeded safely for years.
The Western part of our state should have the chance to create thousands of jobs and stimulate their local economy. Our families deserve affordable energy to heat our homes and power our businesses.
Will you please send a letter to your lawmakers today?
The EPA is under heavy pressure to politicize a report concluding that fracking isn’t harming groundwater. We have to push back against this pressure. If it gives in to these activists, the EPA could do real damage to American oil and gas production.
Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a comprehensive report that came to a firm, scientifically sound conclusion: Fracking is safe.
But now, under pressure from anti-energy activists, the EPA is considering changing the report. This is wrong—and we need to tell the EPA: STAND BY SCIENCE.
Fracking is not only safe, it brings tremendous benefits.
Five Reasons Why Fracking is Good for America
Thanks in large part to fracking:
1. The U.S. now provides the majority of our own energy.
2. The U.S. oil and natural gas industry continues to support 9.8 million jobs.
3. The U.S. oil and natural gas industry continues to contribute $1.2 trillion to our economy annually.
4. Natural gas—accessed primarily through fracking—has helped American electricity producers to reduce carbon emissions to levels not seen in more than 20 years.
5. The average American household to save more than $1,300 annually on energy costs.
We must not let the EPA backtrack and undo the benefits of fracking!
During the past seven years, the Obama Administration has not been hesitant to issue ambitious regulations that would hamper the development of America’s energy resources. One of those regulations was a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regulation concerning fracking. However, a federal judge recently overturned this fracking rule in a stinging rebuke to the federal government.
BLM’s overreach was notably egregious because Congress passed an energy law in 2005 that stripped the executive branch of fracking jurisdiction and gave that power to the states.
The BLM argued that Congress’s choice didn’t matter because the bureau wasn’t mentioned by name in the 2005 law. That claim inspired Judge Scott Skavdahl of Wyoming—an Obama appointee—to conduct a remedial seminar in the Constitution’s separation of powers.
Under the BLM argument, Judge Skavdahl writes, “there would be no limit to the scope or extent of congressionally delegated authority BLM has. . . Having explicitly removed the only source of specific federal agency authority over fracking, it defies common sense for the BLM to argue that Congress intended to allow it to regulate the same activity under a general statute that says nothing about hydraulic fracturing.”
Notice those words from the judge – “defies common sense.” That phrase could apply equally well to many of the other Obama Administration energy regulations. Let’s hope that President Obama got the message and stops trying to tie up American energy production in so much unnecessary red tape.
As the name implies, hydraulic fracturing—fracking—is a process that requires water (“hydro”).
In a nutshell, here’s how fracking works: A combination of water, sand, and other components are pumped deep underground to create millimeter-thick fissures in shale and release oil and natural gas.
Unfortunately, anti-energy activists have seized on water usage as a way to attack and try to stop fracking. Especially during a drought, it can be alarming to hear that fracking a well in West Texas can take anywhere from 264,000 to 2.6 million gallons of water.
Or consider that in the summer, the average golf course uses between 100,000 and 1 million gallons of water per week . Once a well is fracked, it can produce for years—with no more required water.
Investment in Water Conservation Technologies
When you look at the big picture, the energy sector is not a large consumer of water overall. Nevertheless, energy companies are increasingly recycling and reusing water and developing new technologies to conserve water.
For instance, energy companies are developing ways to treat and use brackish water—naturally occurring saltwater—which isn’t generally suitable for municipal or agricultural use. In another example, one company is helping the city of Odessa upgrade its water treatment facility—and is using treated wastewater for energy development.
Notably, one state energy regulator, Christie Craddick of the Railroad Commission of Texas, cited the benefits of minimal government interference in driving innovation around water conservation. “The opportunities with industry doing it themselves without government interference, I think, are the real opportunities. Over-regulation is what kills an industry overall.”