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Statewide Poll Shows Support for Ban on Fracking

February 3rd, 2017 by WCBC Radio

With the clock winding down on Maryland’s two-year moratorium on fracking, a statewide poll of Maryland voters released recently shows broad public support for permanently banning what some maintain is a “risky” drilling practice.  In Garrett County, a prime target area for the oil and gas industry, voters oppose fracking by an even stronger margin. The poll, conducted by the nonpartisan firm OpinionWorks, found that Maryland voters support a ban on fracking by a 2-to-1 margin, with a 56% majority supporting the ban and only 28% opposed.  It’s expected that some lawmakers will push for a permanent statewide ban on fracking during the current session of the General Assembly, but most believe an extension of the current moratorium is more likely.  State Senator George Edwards, a Garrett County republican, tells WCBC News he would support extending the moratorium- with the final decision made by Marylander’s  with the question put to  a referendum vote in 2020…


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