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Fracking debate begins anew in Maryland

The debate over “fracking” has begun anew in Maryland.

State regulators recently announced they were beginning to draft new regulations for extracting natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, which they plan to release this summer. That triggered an outcry, signaling a likely showdown early next year over whether to lift Maryland’s moratorium on the controversial drilling process or impose a permanent ban.

Ben Grumbles, secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, told the crowd at a public meeting Monday night in Baltimore that his staff is “striving for reasonable and balanced approaches” to regulating natural gas extraction.  But the overwhelming reaction from the crowd of more than 120 people present at MDE headquarters was not to bother — they don’t believe fracking can be done safely, and they don’t want it in the state, period.

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  • Timothy B. Wheeler
  • Energy

Their mouths say all there is to say about these birds’ diets

A bird’s beak and mouth say a lot about the bird without uttering a single tweet. Can you match each bird here with the description of its beak or bill?
Kathleen Gaskell | Chesapeake Challenge 06/19/16

John Smith Chesapeake Trail celebrates 10 years

As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year, we are also celebrating the 10th anniversary of a national park we have right here in our collective backyard, the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National...
Joel Dunn | Conservation Matters 06/26/16

Cycling from Annapolis to York on the East Coast Greenway

Mid-morning, mid-April. Traffic’s crawling as we depart from Annapolis near U.S. 50. We can count on the Orioles home game later today to snarl roads as we pass through Baltimore. North of the city, homebound...
Tom Horton | Bay Journeys Article 06/24/16
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The Bay Journal is a partner in the second Chesapeake Bay Summit, a discussion about key issues in the Bay restoration hosted by Maryland Public Television during Chesapeake Bay Week. This year, the Summit aired on April 27 and focused on the challenges of growth and development. Watch it here, and read the following articles related to the 2015 Summit:

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