Why is Conway blocking a fracking ban?

Why is Sen. Joan Carter Conway blocking legislation to ban fracking?

I was surprised to read about Sen. Joan Carter Conway's attitude toward legislation to ban fracking in Maryland ("Fracking ban moves forward in Maryland House, fate in Senate unclear," Mar. 8). Despite the fact that the majority of her colleagues in the Senate, and an even greater majority of the Senate Democratic Caucus, support a fracking ban, Senator Conway is threatening to kill the bill on the grounds that Gov. Larry Hogan might veto it, and there may not be the votes to override. In this age of flawed leadership, it's disheartening to see Democratic leaders like Senator Conway and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller reach across the aisle and essentially veto a bill on our Republican governor's behalf.

Never mind the fact that study after study shows fracking to be a threat to human health and drinking water, or the fact that over 60 percent of Maryland voters oppose fracking, or the fact that hundreds of Western Maryland business owners, medical professionals, and local elected officials want to see fracking banned. Senators Conway and Miller are focused on the real issue when it comes to fracking: a hypothetical veto from a governor of the opposition party who hasn't said a word about the issue since before he was elected.

This is clearly the type of politics all our leaders should avoid. As a constituent, I want express my disappointment in Senator Conway for endangering Marylanders by effectively preempting the governor's veto with her own. I hope she will change her mind.

Martha Oster-Beal, Baltimore

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