In 2011, Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered a series of studies on the potential impacts of fracking on groundwater, the climate, air, forests, human health and our rural communities. Unfortunately, thanks in large part to lobbying by the American Petroleum Institute (API), bills to fund these studies stalled in the Maryland Senate. Currently, Maryland has no achievable plan to carry out risk studies and assess whether the costs to our health and environment would be acceptable. We also have no formal laws on the books to ensure these studies are done before any drilling occurs.