Protesters gather outside the Maryland Statehouse in 2013 to express concerns about fracking. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

As co-manager of a small, sustainable dairy farm in southern Prince George’s County, I am relieved that the county recently voted to ban hydraulic fracturing [“Prince George’s is first Md. county to ban fracking since state moratorium,” Metro, April 13]. This region has been called the breadbasket of Prince George’s County.

Providing clean, healthy food — which depends on nutrient-dense soil, access to clean water and the ability to raise livestock in their natural habitat — is challenging enough. We have four power plants within a 15-mile radius, and a fifth has been proposed. The resulting air and water pollution and waste take their toll. Like most residents in rural Prince George’s County, we rely on well water, which is vulnerable to contamination from fracking sites, as seen in neighboring Pennsylvania and across the country.

I see the ban as helping to protect the agricultural, economic and sustainable quality of life here and in Southern Maryland. We have an opportunity to lead the rest of the state in the pursuit of cleaner, more sustainable energy sources as we strive to preserve our rural and farming communities. My hope is that the Maryland General Assembly will follow suit and ban fracking statewide.

Amy McCurdy, Brandywine