Thursday, 5:30 p.m. Press Conference:
Community Leaders to Push for Passage of Frostburg Fracking Ban Ordinance at Special City Council Meeting
Frostburg ban ordinance would build on the city's history of protecting water supplies
FROSTBURG, Md. â€” On Thursday, November 10, the Frostburg City Council will hold a special meeting with leaders of the citizen group Frack-Free Frostburg to discuss the next steps in advancing a city ordinance to ban fracking. Ahead of the meeting, business, health, NAACP, and student leaders will join the billâ€™s sponsor for a 5:30 p.m. press conference to underline the citizen support for swift action.
The ban ordinance was introduced by Commissioner Woody Getz on October 20. That evening, nearly 200 citizens rallied and testified in support of a fracking ban and delivered 600 petitions and a letter signed by 24 local businesses to the City Council. As drafted, the ordinance would prohibit exploration or drilling for gas, the storage and disposal of fracking waste products, and withdrawals of water for the purposes of fracking within Frostburg and on city-owned land in Garrett County at the cityâ€™s drinking water sources.
"Our Mayor and City Council have overwhelming support from constituents in taking action to ban fracking," said Kathy Powell, a founding member of Frack-Free Frostburg. "We look forward to working with our local leaders to pass this ban ordinance, and to protect our water and way of life from dirty and dangerous drilling. The city of Frostburg can and must continue to set an example of forward-thinking leadership and environmental stewardship."
Passage of the measure would protect local drinking water, businesses, and public health. A stand-alone Frostburg ban ordinance would further strengthen the work the city of Frostburg has undertaken to protect residentsâ€™ drinking water supplies. The towns of Friendsville and Mountain Lake Park in Garrett County have also banned fracking.
WHAT: Business, health, student, and social justice leaders applaud action to ban fracking in Frostburg ahead of a special City Council meeting.
WHEN: Press conference begins at 5:30 p.m. The special City Council meeting is from 6-8 p.m.
WHERE: The press conference will take place in the garage of Armstrong Insurance at 21 S. Water St. The council meeting is at the Frostburg Community Center at 27 S. Water St.
WHO: Press conference speakers will include:
Woody Getz, Frostburg City Commissioner
Carmen Jackson, president of the Allegany County NAACP
Jes Clay, owner of two Frostburg businesses: Shift, a farm-to-table eatery, and the Allegheny Trail House, a bed and breakfast inn
Michala Garrison, student at Frostburg State University
Gina Angiola, M.D., board member of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility