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Hogan Takes Middle Road on Fracking

April 1st, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Legislation that limits when and how fracking could take place in Maryland passed last in both chambers of the state legislature- and appears poised to become law. Maryland currently does not have any fracking, but in 2011 then-Gov. Martin O’Malley created an advisory commission to study the potential for drilling in Maryland’s western Washington, Allegany and Garrett counties, which sit atop the Marcellus Shale deposit. While down state lawmakers have focused on environemental concerns with fracking, locally officials view the delay as a lost opportunity to create a revenue stream of hundreds of millions of dollars to an economically distressed region.  Governor Larry Hogan has taken a decidedly middle of the road stance at this time, acknowledging the need to boost western Maryland’s economy, but also wanting to see assurances that there are no contamination issues that would create problems…

Former Delegate Heather Mizeur, who was the first to advocate for a moratorium two years ago, said to focus on the economic benefits over the environment would be ill advised…

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