- Associated Press - Monday, April 6, 2015

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Senators are supporting a bill that would put a two year stop to any fracking in the state.

Senators on Monday voted 45-2 in favor of the bill, which sets adoption and implementation deadlines for hydraulic fracturing regulations, and prevents drilling permits from being issued until October 2017.

The bill originally proposed an eight-year moratorium on the controversial drilling method so that impacts to public health and the environment could be studied.

Sen. George Edwards, a western Maryland Republican who has voiced concern about being too strict on the drilling practice, called the bill a good step.

A separate bill that would hold fracking companies more responsible for injuries to residents and their property received Senate support last month, and is being considered in the House.

LOAD COMMENTS ()

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide