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O’Malley Proposes Funding Of Fracking Study

January 28th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

When it comes to the prospect of fracking, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has given every indication that it’s not something he is enthusiastic about- even though it could pay huge dividends for Allegany and Garrett counties. Last week the governor proposed funding the state’s study of “fracking” for natural gas, ending a two-year legislative standoff over getting the industry to pay for it. The governor’s move to fund the “fracking” study comes after the gas industry twice succeeded in blocking legislation that would have financed the review through a fee on drilling leases. Amid growing concern about the drilling practice, he issued an executive order putting it on hold in Western Maryland and ordered a comprehensive three-year study of the environmental and other impacts. Last Friday, speaking before a large crowd of mostly pro fracking western Marylander’s at the PACE Legislative Breakfast in Annapolis- the governor sounded a more open minded tone on subject…

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