State Sen. Karen Montgomery (D-Montgomery) said she believes fracking creates "severe environmental problems.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Thursday, January 24, 2013
State Sen. Karen Montgomery (D-Montgomery) said she believes fracking creates "severe environmental problems."
Two bills to ban a controversial method of extracting natural gas from underground rock deposits known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, will move through the Maryland General Assembly this year. Del. Shane Robinson, a Democrat from Montgomery Village, introduced the House version Thursday, a ban that would go into effect next October if approved by lawmakers. State Sen. Karen Montgomery, a Democrat from Brookeville, will sponsor the Senate version. “Maryland should not invest taxpayer money into funding studies about fracking — those resources should instead be put towards renewable energy,” said Robinson. “We need not look further than our neighbors in Pennsylvania to see the kind of destruction fracking is capable of bringing to …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The commission's proposed law change would make it easier for landowners to sue natural gas drillers in Maryland for contaminating ground water through hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."
By Greg Masters, Capital News Service A commission tasked with advising Maryland on possible shale gas production supports a change in the law that would make it easier for landowners to bring claims against drillers regarding water contamination and other damages near hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," sites. The new law, which commission chair and Towson University professor David Vanko said has "pretty broad support" from the commission, would shift the burden of proof to energy companies by creating a "rebuttable presumption" that drilling activity causes certain kinds of damages occurring close in time and proximity to natural gas operations. "I think (asymmetry of resources) always has been an issue in litigation, particularly …