Maryland Democrat Lawmakers Continue to Torpedo Fracking

Maryland is a lot like New York–populated with lefty liberals who love to tell other people how to live their lives. Maryland went through a years-long process, just like New York, and eventually released what would likely be the strictest drilling regulations in the nation, in late 2014 (see Fracking in Maryland (!) in 2015? Quite Possibly). On his way out of office, then-Gov. Martin O’Malley (a Democrat) published the regs and prepared the state to frack (see Maryland Gets Ready to Frack! Gov O’Malley Files New Regulations). But then the Maryland legislature passed a temporary moratorium which the newly elected Republican Governor, Larry Hogan, allowed to become law (see Maryland’s Pusillanimous Gov Allows Frack Moratorium to Become Law). Hogan and the Maryland Dept. of the Environment (MDE) returned with more tweaks which tightened the proposed regs even more–to the point no one would want to drill and frack anyway. But still the crazies objected (see Maryland Holds Hearings on Fracking, Crazies Turn Out to Complain). Maryland legislators, almost all of them liberal Democrats, want to ensure there is never any fracking in Maryland. So they’ve they’ve placed a “temporary” hold on new regulations that allow fracking. The new General Assembly kicked off its 2017 session yesterday, and while the House and Senate are quibbling over what to call it (a ban or a moratorium), one thing is clear: Maryland Democrat legislators are out to torpedo fracking in Maryland…

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