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Report concludes Maryland can safely 'frack'
Report concludes Maryland can safely 'frack'

Maryland agencies have concluded that natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale by hydraulic fracturing (fracking) can be accomplished without unacceptable risks, but only if a suite of best practices is required, monitoring and inspections are rigorous, and enforcement is ironclad. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released their conclusions yesterday in a draft report written in close consultation with the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission. If the state chooses to issue permits for fracking in the Marcellus Shale, it is imperative first to write new regulations that incorporate the results of this...