Unions should oppose fracking

Because hydraulic fracturing will not bring a windfall jobs to Maryland and it threatens the health of all workers in the fracking process through exposure to silica dust and other hazards, not to mention the poisoning of drinking water, the respiratory problems it causes in those who live near fracking wells, the birth defects it causes in babies of pregnant women who live near fracking wells and the competition for water it creates between farmers and the hydraulic fracturing companies (“Fracking ban bill introduced in Maryland Senate,” Feb. 3).


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