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FSU to Focus on Sustainability and Climate Awareness at Focus Frostburg PDF Print E-mail
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Written by FSU News and Media Services   
Sunday, 09 April 2017 08:40

Focus Frostburg LogoFrostburg State University will once again be fully focused on sustainability and climate awareness during the upcoming Focus Frostburg event, an annual day of learning, on Monday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The event, free and open to the public, will feature green activities for everyone, including presentations in the Lane University Center.

Learn all about FSU’s climate action commitment from a wide range of presentations from faculty and students at the Lane Center, including those on the topics of environmental justice, climate change and declining biodiversity, religion and environmental activism, sustainable communities, social sustainability, climate change, environmental movements and the fracking ban in Maryland.

As part of Focus ...

Maryland Fracking Ban To Become Law, With Nationwide Implications PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Denise Robbins   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 07:08

Senate passes bill with GOP governor support, following six years of grassroots resistance across the state of Maryland

ANNAPOLIS – With game-changing support from Republican Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland state Senate Monday night gave final approval to a bill to forever ban the practice of fracking in Maryland. This move culminates years of protests against fracking for gas from landowners, health leaders, and environmentalists. It also sets a nationally significant precedent as other states grapple with the dangerous drilling method.

Maryland will now become the first state in America with proven gas reserves to ban fracking by legislative action. New York has banned the drilling process via executive order. Vermont has a statutory ban but the state has no ...

Kick-Off for Ban on Fracking to be Held at Frostburg's City Place PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nadine Grabania   
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:49

ban frackingA western Maryland kick-off for those wanting to be involved in the Maryland General Assembly debate to ban fracking begins at 3:00 PM on Sunday at Frostburg’s City Place. The all-ages event hosted by Citizen Shale and the state-wide Don't Frack Maryland Coalition is free and open to the public. (RSVP at http://ow.ly/a7uJ3092hm9)


A series of speakers, including elected officials, investigative journalists and educators, will present on topics ranging from water contamination and health impacts of fracking to how citizens can take action in Annapolis.  A light dinner will be served. The program is expected to wrap up around 6:30 PM followed by live music. Those who will attend the legislative meetings and rally in Annapolis on March ...

Maryland Public Works Approves Grants to Reduce Pollution and Improve Water Quality PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jay Apperson   
Thursday, 05 January 2017 08:32



Grants will reduce pollution, improve wastewater infrastructure

BALTIMORE (Jan. 4, 2017) - The Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $1.7 million in grants today to  reduce pollution and improve water quality. The Board is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot.

“These are smart investments to protect public health and prevent water pollution in Maryland communities and the Chesapeake Bay. The Maryland Department of the Environment thanks Governor Hogan for his leadership on this environmental priority,” said Maryland Secretary of the Environment Ben Grumbles. “Upgrading septic systems across the state and sewage systems in LaVale and Hagerstown will help ...

Baltimore County Council Votes To Endorse a State-Wide Fracking Ban PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brooke Harper   
Tuesday, 20 December 2016 10:13

County  Council approves resolution to support a state-wide ban in Maryland and to ban fracking within Baltimore County if the moratorium is allowed to expire

Towson MD. – Baltimore County  voted 6 to 1 to approve a measure supporting a state-wide ban on hydraulic-fracturing.

More than a dozen localities in Maryland have now approved or introduced measures to either ban fracking locally or to endorse a permanent, statewide ban. The list includes the western Maryland towns of Friendsville and Mountain Lake Park, the counties of Prince George’s, Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Frederick, and the cities of Baltimore, Rockville, and Greenbelt.

Baltimore County Council Chair Vicki Almond stated, “Given the ever growing scientific evidence that fracking is ...


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