Proposed Changes to MD Fracking Rules, Drilling to Start Oct 2017

frack-here-frack-now.pngMaryland is actively looking at revising draft regulations that would allow fracking with an eye to adopting the new rules later this year, and letting fracking begin in the state in October 2017. The antis are, of course, apoplectic that fracking might happen in the liberal paradise of Maryland. However, the oil and gas industry is not all that thrilled with the proposed changes coming from the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) either. We’ve been critical of new Gov. Larry Hogan and his lack of spine on the fracking issue (see Maryland’s Pusillanimous Gov Allows Frack Moratorium to Become Law). Perhaps this is a partial redemption–if he can actually get the state fracking. The MDE has released several “issue papers” with proposed revisions (full copy below). The MDE will also hold three public hearings (i.e. freak shows for antis). One was already held Wednesday evening, the other two scheduled for next week…

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