Maryland Publishes New Fracking Rules, 30-Day Comment Period

going-through-the-motionsAs MDN reported in September, the Maryland Dept. of the Environment (MDE) beat the Oct. 1 deadline to release onerous new fracking regulations (see Maryland Beats Deadline, Submits Onerous New Fracking Rules). The new rules, for all intents and purposes, will result in a defacto ban on fracking in Maryland. Which is a shame. We couldn’t find a copy of the rules at the time. The MDE published the final rules in the Monday edition of the Maryland Register (see it below). What happens now? A 30-day public comment period begins, which will result (already has resulted) in lots of petulant bleating about banning fracking in the Old Line State, after which the regs will get adopted, and beginning next year when fracking can begin, it won’t. Frankly, Maryland is just going through the motions…

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