Scores of environmentalists gathered Thursday night in Annapolis to protest a “Potomac Pipeline,” citing inaction on the part of the state in properly vetting the environmental impact of a project that would transport fracked natural gas under the Potomac River.
Governor Larry Hogan signs legislation to ban fracking on Tuesday, making Maryland the third state in the county to do so. The State Senate and House of Delegates overwhelmingly supported the ban before the bill hit the governor’s desk. The bill will go into effect on October 1st when a temporary ban on fracking expires.
While at least 60 opponents of hydraulic fracturing gathered on Lawyer’s Mall for a protest rally Thursday, a Maryland Senate bill that would establish a moratorium on fracking was delayed in the state Senate.
Environment Maryland says fracking would cause water contamination, pollution and infrastructure damage.
A nuclear energy expert from Maryland found himself under fire from some members of the state’s Republican delegation during his Monday breakfast speech after criticizing natural gas fracking and its viability as a primary energy source.
Fracking test drilling could begin in Maryland within a year, said the chair of the House Environmental Matters Committee.
A commission tasked with advising Maryland on possible shale gas production supports a change in the law that would make it easier for landowners to bring claims against drillers regarding water contamination and other damages near hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” sites.
Although the effects of fracking remain undefined, its threats are gaining credence as drilling creeps closer to Garrett and Allegany Counties.
The public debate over fracking has swept across Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas, Colorado and Wyoming, where reserves of natural gas lie deep underground, trapped bubble-like in shale formations