- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police have arrested about a dozen people at the Maryland State House during a protest of the natural gas drilling technique known as fracking.

Officers led protesters away with their hands restrained Thursday. Police didn’t return calls seeking details about the arrests.

A moratorium is in place, but it expires in October. The House of Delegates has passed a bill banning fracking. A similar bill is pending in the Senate.

Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has expressed support for a moratorium. On Wednesday, he said: “I’m favoring that fracking doesn’t take place any time in the near future.”

Gov. Larry Hogan hasn’t decided whether to veto a fracking ban, saying he’s waiting to see what the legislature decides.

Opponents cite pollution concerns. Supporters say fracking would create jobs.

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