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Maryland, which bans fracking, is a global gateway for fracked gas. Here's how.

Maryland, which bans fracking, is a global gateway for fracked gas. Here's how.

For the past year, Maryland has been a global gateway for American natural gas extracted from the ground through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — despite the state’s ban on the controversial process within its own borders.

Fracked gas from Pennsylvania and other states is being piped to an export terminal at Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland, then shipped around the world.

The trade puts Maryland at the vanguard of a growing global trade in liquefied natural gas.

Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector spent months reporting in and around Cove Point, in the fracking fields of Pennsylvania and in Japan, the largest...

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