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Maryland delegate: fracking regulations 'wholly inadequate'

Maryland delegate: fracking regulations 'wholly inadequate'

Last month, the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review, which reviews state regulations, held a hearing to consider proposed regulations on hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). As a committee member, I reviewed the document submitted by the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and listened to the testimony presented.

Environment Secretary Benjamin Grumbles referred to the proposed regulations as the "platinum standard" compared to other states. But these regulations are wholly inadequate and, if anything, speak to the lax standards elsewhere. As is often said, the devil is in the details. Here are some of the details that...

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