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O'Malley panel urges 'fracking' safeguards
An advisory commission studying whether shale gas extraction should proceed in Maryland called Monday for new legislation to deal with potential abuses in leasing and drilling for the fuel, but environmentalists said so many questions remain about the safety of the drilling method known as "fracking" that they want lawmakers to impose a moratorium until the issue has been fully analyzed.
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun
January 7, 2013