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Two Lawmakers Introduce Legislation To Ban “Fracking” In MD

February 6th, 2013 by WCBC Radio

Two Democratic lawmakers from Montgomery County last month introduced legislation in the General Assembly this session that would ban the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” in Maryland. Fracking supporters say that allowing the practice would mean more jobs and economic development in Western Maryland where natural gas is trapped in the Marcellus Shale rock formation, which runs through Garrett and Allegany counties. Environmentalists, on the other hand, say fracking damages the environment and can the wastewater that results can contaminate wells and underground aquifers. Allegany County Commissioner Bill Valentine sits on the governor’s commission studying the issue and strongly favors fracking. He says  the potential economic benefits outweigh, what he says are unsubstantiated environmental concerns…

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