Why Did Maryland Decide to Allow Fracking but New York Didn’t?

How could two liberal, eastern states review the science of fracking and make opposite decisions about whether or not to proceed? That question has been rolling around our heads since last week. MDN even mentioned it in passing–that just a few weeks ago outgoing liberal Democrat Gov. Martin O’Malley (Maryland) has given fracking the green light in his state (see Maryland Gets Ready to Frack! Gov O’Malley Files New Regulations). But last week, liberal Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo (New York) put the brakes on fracking in his state (see After 6+ Years, Andrew Cuomo Bans Fracking in New York). Two different states, same “science” reviewed–why the difference? A (surprisingly) well-written article in the Washington Post tackles and answers that question…

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