CUMBERLAND — Two Senate committees have voted unfavorably on a bill that would have banned hydraulic fracturing in Maryland, effectively killing the bill and keeping the possibility open that natural gas drilling in Marcellus shale might actually take place in Maryland after a moratorium to study the issue.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 10-1 to kill the ban bill, and the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee voted 7-1 with three abstentions to kill it. Both votes took place prior to Allegany County commissioners deciding to send a letter to oppose the bill at their business meeting Feb. 6. The committees voted Feb. 4 and 5.
The fracking ban bill was sponsored by six senators, all from either Baltimore, Montgomery or Prince George’s counties.
Hydraulic fracturing, which would be required to extract natural gas from Western Maryland’s Marcellus shale formations, would have been banned outright by Senate Bill 360.
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