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Proposed fracking study reveals delegate's anti-business attitude

Del. Heather Mizeur writes that she plans to introduce legislation in January to ban fracking in Maryland until the oil and gas industry agrees to fund a study of the "potential threats" of the process ("No studies? No fracking," Sept. 13).

Ms. Mizeur raises several arguments about the alleged harm of fracking, yet one wonders what study would determine whether it is safe. Her statement that the reason for her bill is that the commission studying the matter "does not have dedicated resources to fund this issue" is laughable, since the legislature could have created funding for the study but chose not to so.

Ms. Mizeur can't seem to understand that the industry has legitimate grounds to be wary of paying a "fee" to fund a study that will be based more on politics than on science. Our country is sitting on an ocean of natural gas and shale oil. This resource can provide hundreds of thousands of jobs to our citizens, provide inexpensive and clean energy for generations and help obtain long desired energy independence.

Presumably, Ms. Mizeur would prefer that we continue to obtain our oil from tyrants in the Middle East and Venezuela and also depend on windmills. Let's hope for a lot of windy days.

Instead of polishing her apple before liberal environmental groups and making sure that MSNBC spells her name correctly, perhaps Ms. Mizeur should devote her energy to working with the oil and gas industry to develop safe and proper procedures for fracking, thereby helping the environment and harvesting a crucial resource.

That, however, will not happen, since Ms. Mizeur does not want fracking either now or in the future. Many states, such as North Dakota, are booming because of their oil and gas industry. Maryland lags behind because of our well-deserved anti-business reputation, led by politicians such as Ms. Mizeur.

Robert C. Erlandson, Lutherville

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