Maryland Will Miss Important Fracking Deadline on Oct 1

deadlineMaryland is supposedly working on revisions to revisions of revisions of fracking regulations that will allow the state to begin fracking on or about October 1, 2017. At least, that’s the theory. There has been some evidence that work is actually getting done to revise the revisions already released by former Gov. Martin O’Malley. In June the Maryland Dept. of the Environment held public hearings where anti-drilling nutjobs paraded around spreading lies about how fracking will kill ya (see Maryland Holds Hearings on Fracking, Crazies Turn Out to Complain). In order to meet the deadline of Oct. 1, 2017 (the date when the current two-year moratorium expires), newly revised regulations need to be published a year in advance–by Oct. 1, 2016. According to “officials” who spoke to the very liberal Baltimore Sun, that isn’t going to happen. So what now? If the two-year moratorium runs out, can drillers begin drilling–without the revised revisions of the revisions of the regulations? Theoretically, yes they could. The better question is: Will anyone try to drill even if they could?…

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