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Doubts As To Whether “Fracking” Will Take Place In The State

April 24th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Given the ongoing delays, Delegate Wendell Beitzel of Garrett County says he is beginning to have doubts as to whether hydraulic fracturing will ever take place in the state. The commission examining hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in Maryland has about four months left in its study to determine if — and how — the natural gas extraction practice can be done safely in the state. But some commission members said they are not sure the commission will be able to adequately finish the report by the Aug. 1 deadline.  The commission, called the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission, was created by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) in 2011 to help lawmakers and regulators determine how extracting gas from the Marcellus gas basin in Western Maryland could be safely done. Addressing the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce this week, Beitzel expressed his frustration with the process…





 

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