Maryland bill to ban fracking heads to Senate committee

An update on the Maryland fracking bill  that was first introduced to both the Senate and House earlier in February.

As of Tuesday,  the bill that was introduced in the Senate is being held, but the fracking bill that has first brought to the House has made it through, which means it will head to the Senate before it hits the Governor's desk.

In early discussions, Governor Hogan had been for fracking in Maryland because he used to see it as a means to create jobs, but he appears to have changed his stance in recent days.

Senior Maryland organizer for Food and Water Watch, Thomas Meyer, tells 47 ABC the Senate needs to do what the House has already done and pass this ban on fracking without any amendments.

"We don't know what proposed amendments might be but our message to legislators is to only pass the bill that would only ban fracking in Maryland. We don't need another moratorium, regulations cannot protect Marylanders from the dangers of fracking," explains Meyer.

The Senate committee is set to look over the bill at the end of this week.

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