Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan stands with State Highway Administration employees in front of a salt barn in Annapolis, Maryland, on Monday, March, 13, 2017, as the state prepares for a powerful nor'easter in the forecast for the mid-Atlantic to parts of the Northeast. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)
The Washington Times
By Ken Shepherd
Friday, March 17, 2017
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, announced his support Friday for a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, WBFF-TV in Baltimore reported.
“We must take the next step and move from virtually banning fracking to actually banning fracking,” said Mr. Hogan at a news conference Friday afternoon, where he endorsed legislation to that effect introduced by State Senator Robert Zirkin, a Baltimore County Democrat.
A moratorium on the process, which is used to extract oil and/or natural gas, is set to expire in October. The House of Delegates had already passed a measure similar to Mr. Zirkin’s bill.
In a press release, the Maryland Petroleum Council expressed their disappointment in the governor’s decision.
“Maryland families and opportunities for job creation have lost out to the whims of a vocal minority – inconsistent with the Governor’s vision to create well-paying jobs in Maryland,” said MPC executive director Drew Cobbs. “This political outcome fails Maryland, whose voters support development of natural gas resources, and the hardworking
Environmental watchdog Food and Water Watch hailed Mr. Hogan’s decision, reported WTOP radio, saying it was “thrilled” that the Republican governor had shown “protecting public health and the environment is not a matter of partisanship.”…
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