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Climate & Clean Water Advocates Promote Legislation To Protect MD Waters From Fracked-Gas Pipelines

March 8th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

A coalition of climate and clean water advocates on Thursday promoted legislation to protect Maryland’s waters from fracked-gas pipelines. The bill, called Maryland Pipeline and Water Protection Act was heard in the Maryland House of Delegates Economic Matters Committee. This bill would require the state of Maryland to conduct a full Water Quality Certification review of any proposed fracked-gas pipelines, as it is authorized to do under the Clean Water Act.  MDE waived its authority to carry out this review for the controversial “Potomac Pipeline” — which would cross Maryland and tunnel under the Potomac River — despite years of public outcry. The agency deferred instead to a Trump administration blanket permit.  Delegate David Fraser-Hidalgo, at a morning press conference, the best thing supporters can do is to help lay the groundwork for future battles….


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