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Fracking Protesters Want New Bill

January 10th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

A coalition of protesters stuffed papers into passing legislators’ hands calling for an extension of a statewide fracking moratorium as the General Assembly began its 2014 session this week.  The coalition of protesters called for a bill that would mandate an 18-month review period before the General Assembly could allow any drilling permits, after a pending study concludes.  During 2011, Governor Martin O’Malley issued an executive order preventing the Maryland Department of the Environment from approving drilling permits until the end of a scientific study looking at fracking. The study is planned to be finalized later this year. While recent news reports say the controversy and expected strigent requlations expected if fracking is ever approved no longer makes western Maryland an attractive sight for drilling- State Senator George Edwards disagrees.





 

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