There is currently a fragile moratorium on fracking in Maryland. Although the Democratic candidate for governor, Anthony Brown, expressed his support for fracking and would have followed his party in this regard, he likely would have obtained some political cover before abolishing the moratorium. With the new governor, however, we’ll see the moratorium swept away as soon as he can manage it.
In Western Maryland last week, the Marcellus Shale advisory commission and state officials scrambled to finish reviewing three years of studies on whether to proceed with fracking in Maryland.
The election the night before, though, shifted the landscape utterly. The few commissioners who have consistently raised concerns about fracking in Maryland recognized that whatever safeguards were in the works, insufficient though they might be, could be dismissed by the newly elected governor, Republican Larry Hogan. What the science was starting to show about the health, economic and environmental hazards for the many could be ignored for quick profit for a few.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the state and in Washington, DC, a week of peaceful and bold protests was under way, showing what…
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