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Ban On Fracking Takes Effect

October 2nd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

Among the dozens of new laws that took effect in Maryland as of October 1st was a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state. Governor Larry Hogan signed the bill in April- a week after the state’s Legislature passed the fracking ban. Maryland is now only the second state in the country to ban fracking, after New York established a similar ban in 2015. While fracking has little impact statewide- many believe it could have represented an economic revival for western Maryland- where Marcellus shale formations could have led to millions of dollars in new revenue for the economically distressed counties of Garrett and Allegany. Among the most frustrated by the development, Allegany County Commissioners President Jake Shade…


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