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Lawmakers To Consider Bills That Would Further Delay Fracking

March 4th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Maryland lawmakers are continuing to consider bills that could further delay drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus shale of Garrett and Allegany counties- a point of great frustration for many western Maryland elected officials.  An attempt to outright ban all fracking for gas was killed by a Senate committee earlier this session. The Shale Gas Drilling Safety Review Act of 2014 has been introduced in both the House and Senate of Maryland’s General Assembly.  Governor Martin O’Malley’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission is expected to finish its work by the end of the year, including developing proposals for safe gas development- but supporters of the legislation say more time is needed to study the potential impacts and dangers of fracking. Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine said the region is losing millions and millions of dollars in revenue as a result of the delays in permitting hydraulic fracturing…





 

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