With the House of Delegates recently voting to institute a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, it's clear that politics could trump science in Maryland ("Md. shouldn't make the same mistake as New York in banning fracking," March 31).
While nationally-funded anti-fracking groups like Food & Water Watch and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network have been working overtime to deceive residents throughout the state, it's important to note that governors on both sides of the aisle across the country, as well as President Barack Obama himself, have looked at the science and rejected fracking-ban activism.
Take, for instance, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, a Democrat who recently said that a ban on fracking would carry "grave consequences." He pointed out, "We can't find examples in Colorado, or more than one or two examples, where fracking, in any sense, has caused harm or been sufficiently dangerous to the public that would justify us to ban it."
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown of California looked at the science and said that the activists campaigning to ban fracking "don't know what the hell they're talking about."
And of course, here in Maryland, there's former Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat whose administration completed a three-year study and concluded that Maryland's regulations will effectively manage the risks of fracking.
It's time for Maryland to put science ahead of politics and move forward with development that would bring thousands of jobs and economic growth to our state.
Matthew Dempsey, Potomac