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Stop fracking in Md. before your water starts tasting like licorice

Maryland residents must support the moratorium on fracking and the "gold standard regulations" ("Health, environmental groups seek fracking moratorium," Feb. 5).

The water resources in Western Maryland are some of the finest in the world, and the Potomac River, which provides water to millions of citizens, has its source in Western Maryland.

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To imagine subjecting this vital point source to 1,600 gas well pads (representing some 8,000 wells) along with countless miles of pipelines prone to failure over time is insane.

We all have seen how waterways can be destroyed in West Virginia, why take the chance here?

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Western Maryland is vastly rich in water resources. As the U.S. faces increasing uncertainty on climate and predicted severe water shortages, our water could be vital to the survival of the nation and its citizens. But only if we fully protect that resource.

Fracking has yet to be proven safe, and recently the Pennsylvania Department of Environment released findings clearly stating that 243 water sources had been contaminated by gas drilling activities. Many of these cases represent multiple families so the actual number of families affected is much greater.

And in all of those cases the water contamination can never be fixed.

Maryland residents must get involved or one day they might find their water smelling like licorice (or worse) and discover painful rashes all over their bodies. Do we want to have to buy our water maybe forever?

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Crede Calhoun, Friendsville

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