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Fracking Moratorium becomes law in Maryland

June 5th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

A Maryland bill to prohibit hydraulic fracturing for more than two years became law Saturday without Governor Larry Hogan’s signature. The legislation prohibits the state from issuing permits for the controversial drilling practice until October 2017. It requires Maryland’s Department of the Environment to adopt regulations for the practice by October 2016. As a candidate last year, Hogan (R) expressed strong support for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is commonly known. The governor had until the end of last Friday to either sign or veto the moratorium legislation before it became law by default. He decided to take no action, allowing the measure passed earlier this year by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly to take effect without his explicit approval. Hogan talked with WCBC News about the issue and says that he supports the safe and responsible development of energy to meet the current and future needs of citizens and to promote job growth in Western Maryland…


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