fracking and mining

FRACKING & MINING: The processes used to extract and transport minerals, metals, coal, and natural gas. Mining is a common industry in the western portion of our watershed, and it can cause acid mine drainage, heavy metal contamination, chemical pollution, and sedimentation. While fracking is not yet occurring in the Potomac Watershed, it is likely to begin soon. Fracking can contaminate groundwater, deplete freshwater supply, and the development of pipelines to transport natural gas could cause construction and erosion across large swaths of land.

POSITION: Both the extraction and transportation of resources should be done in a responsible manner and the states and federal government have a responsibility to implement and enforce regulations that protective the environment and our families.

OBJECTIVE: Work with partners to monitor fracking and pipeline development in the Potomac Watershed. Identify water quality impacts of current mining activity, and assess mining permits for sufficient water protections, taking legal action to strengthen regulations or enforce compliance when necessary.

Steps to Solutions:

  • Legally challenge inadequate permits.
  • Advocate for laws and regulations that protect drinking water supplies.


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    Atlantic Coast Pipeline Threatens Shenandoah River Campaign

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: The proposed construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline would impact the headwaters of the South Fork of the Shenandoah River. This is a transmission line to get fracked gas out of Pennsylvania and West Virginia and ship it down to North Carolina and Portsmouth, Virginia. If constructed, this pipeline

  • No Potomac Pipeline Campaign

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: In 2016, behind the scenes, without public input, a West Virginia gas company called Mountaineer Gas quietly laid the groundwork for a fracked gas pipeline that would threaten the Potomac River and the National Park Service’s C&O Canal, one of the most visited national parks. Residents in Morgan

  • Don’t Frack Maryland Campaign

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: The far western panhandle of Maryland is beautiful country, graced by deep lakes, wild forests and of course the Upper Potomac River. Unfortunately it also contains a slice of the Marcellus Shale, the geologic basin that has been the target of the hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” industry in neighboring

  • Cove Point LNG Export Facility

    Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas Export Facility

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the construction of the Cove Point Liquified Natural Gas Export Facility, located at Lusby, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. This is the first LNG export facility on the East Coast and poses a severe threat to the local community and the

  • Mining Threatens Tom’s Creek

    Tom’s Creek is a small trout stream with headwaters in the Michaux State Forest, providing drinking water to the town of Fairfield, PA. Tom’s Creek is designated by the State as a High Quality stream. This high-quality stream is under a threat by a potential expansion of the Specialties Granules

  • North Mountain Shale Quarry

    CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: Polluted stormwater runoff into Mill Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River, from the North Mountain Shale Quarry, threatens a small trout stream, residential drinking water, and water for farm use. Although this runoff is permitted we appealed this permit and negotiated stricter monitoring requirements that requires water