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Two bills to curb hydraulic fracturing advancing in Annapolis
Two bills to curb hydraulic fracturing advancing in Annapolis

Two bills that would restrict drilling for natural gas in Maryland advanced in both chambers of the General Assembly Friday, setting the stage for another round of debate on how far the state should go to allow a lucrative industry that concerns environmentalists. One bill would impose strict legal responsibilities on drillers and the other sets a three-year ban on the practice. The legislation comes as Gov. Larry Hogan continues to mull whether to implement regulations on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, that his predecessor proposed.  The Maryland Senate gave initial approval to a bill Friday that would set some of the strictest liability standards in the state...

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