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Timothy B. Wheeler

Fracking debate nears crossroads in Maryland

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Maryland’s “fracking” debate begins in earnest this week in Annapolis. With a two-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas scheduled to end Oct. 1, lawmakers are under increasing pressure to decide whether to ban the practice permanently, punt it to the voters or let drilling proceed under disputed regulations that have yet to be finalized. Emotions are running...

Hogan administration regroups on nutrient trading bill

The Hogan administration has agreed to retool its bid to jump-start Maryland’s nutrient pollution trading program after hitting a speed bump in Annapolis.

The Clean Water Commerce Act, one of Gov. Larry Hogan’s legislative priorities this year, ran into stiff opposition from environmentalists and local government officials after he unveiled it at the start of the Maryland...

MD DNR drafts plan that would shrink state’s oyster sanctuaries

Maryland’s extensive network of oyster sanctuaries would shrink by 11 percent under a draft plan drawn up by state natural resources officials, which would open several protected areas to periodic harvest by watermen while setting aside other areas. 

The draft, presented Monday night to the state’s Oyster Advisory Commission, would open nearly 1,000 acres of areas known to be...

Virginia’s oyster wrangler retires, but isn’t done yet with the Bay’s bivalves

Virginia’s longtime oyster wrangler has retired, but he’s not done wrestling with the Chesapeake Bay’s beleaguered bivalves.

Jim Wesson, oyster repletion chief for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, returned to private life recently after 25 years with the agency. Before he left, the VMRC’s nine-member board presented him with a plaque in appreciation for his long...

MD Senate completes override of Gov. Hogan’s renewable energy veto

Maryland’s Senate reiterated its support Thursday for raising the state’s renewable energy goals, overriding Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a measure that had passed last year by wide margins.

By a vote of 32 to 13, senators revived a bill committing Maryland to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, with at least 2.5 percent of it from solar power. That’s an...

Maryland House overrides governor to push renewable energy

Maryland’s House of Delegates on Tuesday overrode Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of legislation that would push the state to get more of its energy from renewable sources.

The 88 to 51 vote split along party lines, with Democratic lawmakers providing more than enough votes to for the three-fifths majority needed to override the Republican governor’s veto.

The vote was not...

MD lawmakers eye energy efficiency boost

Even as Maryland lawmakers face a decision on whether to try to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a renewable energy measure, another potential confrontation is brewing over how involved the state should be in encouraging consumers to reduce electricity usage.

Chesapeake losing its oyster reefs faster than they can be rebuilt

The Chesapeake Bay has an oyster problem — but more fundamentally, it has a shell problem.

Put simply, there aren’t enough oyster shells available to support a large-scale restoration of the Bay’s depleted bivalve population. And the way things are going, there may not even be enough to sustain the wild fishery a whole lot longer, at least in Virginia.


PA lawmakers propose water fee to raise cleanup funds

A bipartisan group of Pennsylvania lawmakers are beginning a push to raise funds to address the state’s widespread water quality problems through a new fee on large water users.

The six Pennsylvania lawmakers on the Chesapeake Bay Commission — four Republicans and one Democrat — sent a letter Tuesday to their colleagues in the House and Senate outlining the need for a cleanup...

Trump’s EPA nominee vows to enforce Bay pollution diet

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pledged Wednesday to enforce the Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet,” even saying it should be “commended and celebrated” despite his earlier participation in a lawsuit challenging it.

In a Senate hearing to confirm his nomination as the EPA administrator, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt...

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