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Bill Seeks To Impose Moratorium On Fracking Until 2023

March 12th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Efforts to see that hydraulic fracturing won’t be considered in Maryland for at least another eight years continue in Annapolis as a hearing in the House Environmental and Transportation placing a moratorium on banning fracking was held Wednesday.  The bill would impose a moratorium on fracking until 2023. Local residents and officials planned to testify on both sides of the bill. Members of Don’t Frack Maryland also planned to present a petition supporting the moratorium to the legislators. Supporters of  fracking say that the bill may have an adverse impact on small businesses engaged in providing services related to hydraulic fracturing, and that the region is missing out on a potential revenue stream of hundreds of millions of dollars annually.   Delegate Wendell Beitzel, who represents Garrett County, is frustrated with the opposition. He says a moratorium may not even be required given the potential strictest in the nation regulations being considered…..


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