Opponents of Proposed Maryland Fracking Ban Make Their Voices Heard

By Nicole Jacobs Dozens of landowners, business owners, union members and concerned residents gathered in Annapolis earlier this week to tell the Maryland Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs that they do not want a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state. Maryland is currently under a moratorium on fracking that is set to expire in October, but two new bills — House Bill 1325 and Senate Bill 740 — if passed, would enact a permanent ban on a process that a 2014 Towson University study found could bring major benefits to the state.
A recent Goucher poll found that 40 percent

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