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O'Malley should ban fracking
O'Malley should ban fracking

Based on Robert Lawrence's commentary, "Ban fracking, O'Malley" (Oct. 10), we have to be ever grateful that Gov. Martin O'Malley and the legislature decided to "look before they leap" by requiring a health study before authorizing hydraulic fracturing to drill for natural gas in Maryland. Now they have a report that says fracking "poses a broad range of dangers. It is not covered by provisions of the most important federal laws protecting our environment and public health including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act" and it "poses a high or moderately high likelihood of negative public health impacts in...