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Maryland governor throws support behind permanent fracking ban

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In a stunning reversal, Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday called for lawmakers to pass legislation permanently banning the natural gas drilling technique known as “fracking” in Maryland.

Speaking at a press conference in the State House in Annapolis, Hogan said that since the legislature had not acted on new drilling regulations his administration had proposed, he had decided that banning hydraulic fracturing for gas was the only thing to do.

“Because of Maryland’s unique position in our country and its wealth of environmental resources,” Hogan said, “our administration has concluded that the possible risks of fracking outweigh any benefits.” 

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Trump budget plan would slam Bay (Blog)

The Chesapeake Bay Program and other federal initiatives that could impact the Bay have been targeted for steep cuts in preliminary Trump administration budget plans sent to federal agencies, prompting alarm from conservation groups and...

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Managing the Chesapeake Bay requires sound policies that reduce pollution and protect ecosystems within it’s 64,000-square-mile watershed. Those policies — often expensive — not only need to be scientifically sound, but must be defensible in the political process at the national, state and local levels. A robust debate is often part of that process. Ultimately, the success of efforts to protect the region’s environment require both sound policy making and political support.

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