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Go slow on fracking

Fracking is a hot topic in Annapolis this year, with bills in the legislature that would hit the pause button and impose strict liability standards on companies that want to drill in the state before the oil and gas industry starts fracking in Western Maryland ("Frosh wades into fracking fight," Feb. 25).

One thing is clear: Growing numbers of Marylanders oppose fracking because it's the wrong decision for our state. About the only people who would benefit from it are the out-of-state oil and gas workers who would come into town with their fracking rigs.

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Pennsylvania saw its boom turn into a bust as the industry moved on to other states. And New York, after an independent look at peer-reviewed scientific studies, decided the downside of fracking was just too great.

The science is coming in, and it's increasingly showing that fracking is bad for our air and water and bad for our health.

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We can do better. We should slow down and enact a long-term moratorium on fracking in Maryland while we wait for more scientific studies to be completed in neighboring states where fracking is already underway.

Why rush into something that could destroy our health and a prime tourist destination?

Dona Alvarez, Oakland

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