Flames light up the landscape at a fracking operation near Tilden, Tex., in March. (Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post)

Regarding the Sept. 28 Metro article “Fracking rules among ‘most stringent,’ official says”:

I hope Maryland legislators have an opportunity to read an article in this month’s issue of the journal Science before they approve fracking in the state.  The journal contains a study conducted by Arizona State University that examined fracking in Texas. It firmly established a link between fracking and the largest recorded earthquake in eastern Texas, a magnitude-4.8 temblor that occurred in May 2012.

Marylanders need to ask their legislators: Do you really want to expose the state to this potential harm or should you follow the lead of New York and ban the process?

Earle Mitchell, Springfield