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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 09:24


Action Coincides with 313-Mile Walk Across the State of Maryland in Support of a Statewide Ban on Fracking


Frostburg, MD – On Sunday, October 16, Kimb Alexander and Aeryn Boyd of Water Walk Maryland began a 5-day residency in Frostburg Maryland as the town’s people organize for and propose a Fracking ban to the City Council on Oct. 20th.  Four separate events were planned for this first stop of the 313-mile walk that began in Oakland, Maryland’s Autumn Glory Parade this weekend. Activists Alexander and Boyd are walking in support of a statewide ban on fracking – a process that causes serious air and water pollution and threatens the health and safety of Maryland residents. The walk is projected to end by the Western shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Cove Point where Dominion is building a $3.8 billion liquid natural gas (LNG) export facility.


•On Sunday, October 16 Water Walk kicked off the residency with music and a screening and discussion of the film Faith Against Fracking at St. John’s Episcopal Church.


•From Monday, October 17 through Thursday, October 20, the Walkers will be encouraging supporters across the state to take part in Chalk the Water Walk, a statewide social media art event across Maryland.  Participants are invited to decorate walkways near homes or businesses celebrating efforts to protect water from impacts of hydraulic fracturing.  They should then upload pictures of the artwork to Water Walk Maryland’s facebook page so that the messages can be shared by all.


•On Monday, October 17, the Walkers invited the public to join them at 10 a.m. as they hiked the Great Allegheny Passage from Frostburg towards Cumberland. Throughout the week, The Walkers are asking friends to follow them on facebook and join them for day hikes along the C&O Canal as they make their way towards Hancock, Md..


•On Tuesday, October 18, the Walkers will set up at the Clock Tower on the Frostburg State University campus (101 Braddock Rd, Frostburg, Maryland) from 12 noon to 2 p.m. for A Closer Look at Each Other.  In silence, participants will be encouraged to hold eye contact, one on one, for 1 to 4 minutes. This experience will provide an opportunity to connect and communicate more deeply on pressing issues, like fracking and our moral obligation to protect water.


•The Walkers’ final event in Frostburg will be attendance at the Thursday, October 20 City Council meeting to support the introduction of a fracking ban in the town.  The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Frostburg Community Center, 27 S. Water Street in Frostburg.  Because city and county-wide protections are a fundamental component of the statewide movement to ban fracking, the Walkers are encouraging concerned citizens, especially Frostburg residents, to attend and comment about their concerns.


“With already such a warm welcome to Frostburg,” says Alexander “we are happy to help encourage a fracking ban in yet another town in the beautiful State of Maryland.”


The residency is one of six major stops that will be made throughout this walking performance targeting unconventional natural gas development and production plans in Maryland. As the deadline for the state’s two-year moratorium on fracking approaches, residents are becoming more concerned about the harm and growing uncertainties of the practice.

What: 5-Day Residency in Frostburg, Maryland to raise awareness of fracking impacts


Who: Kimb Alexander and Aeryn Boyd, of Water Walk Maryland will walk 313 miles across the state to raise support for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).


When: Sunday, October 16 through Thursday, October 20, 2016


Where: various locations in Frostburg, including Clock Tower on FSU Campus and Frostburg Community Center, 27 S. Water Street, Frostburg Maryland.

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