State Sen. Bobby Zirkin's bill putting strict limits on fracking demonstrates the growing concern elected officials have about opening Maryland's doors to the oil and gas industry ("Frosh wades into fracking fight," Feb. 25).
Hundreds of recent peer-reviewed studies have looked at the effects of fracking, and almost all of them have found unacceptable risks to our air and water.
New York recently banned fracking because its health department took an independent look at fracking and found that the potential risks outweighed the benefits. In Pennsylvania, landowners have seen their royalty checks dry up as the price of gas has plummeted.
Before letting the oil and gas industry turn a tourist destination into an industrial zone, polluting our air and water in the process, we should pass legislation to establish a multi-year moratorium that buys us sufficient time to see what the next round of science shows. The air we breathe and water we drink are too precious to move forward with fracking.