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Fracking not worth the risks

I applaud The Baltimore Sun for its position in favor of a moratorium on fracking in Maryland ("Fracking deserves a pause," March 25). We are learning more every day of the irreparable damage being done to the environment and health of people living where hydraulic fracturing is taking place. And, of course, the oil and gas companies will lure local communities with the promise of jobs which, as the editorial points out, will be temporary and probably go to out-of-towners anyway.

It's just not worth the long-term damage to our environment, health, and ultimately our economy. To learn more about fracking and what it is costing us, check out the Sierra Club website and the Environmental Working Group report. No short-term gain (nor, one could argue, long-term gain) is worth these harmful consequences.

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Claire McCullough, Frederick

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