A valuable resource deep under Maryland has surfaced on the public’s radar. Hydraulic fracturing—fracking, for short—is the subject of a first-ever poll.
An environmental group plans to rally in Baltimore for offshore wind and against expanded drilling for natural gas in western Maryland.
Opponents of using new hydraulic fracturing drilling techniques in western Maryland joined state officials Tuesday in asking lawmaker to support a fee to fund a study of potential environmental impacts.
Bringing natural gas drilling wastewater into Maryland for treatment or storage would be banned under a bill introduced by a Montgomery County lawmaker.
The energy industry is hoping to shorten the three-year timetable for a state study of natural gas drilling prospects in western Maryland.
Hydraulic fracturing is a drilling process that blasts millions of gallons of water for each well deep into the earth to fracture dense shale and allow natural gas to escape.