To better understand Dominion Energy's LNG terminal in Cove Point and its role in the global LNG trade, Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector spent months reporting in and around Cove Point, in the fracking fields of Pennsylvania and in Japan, the largest foreign consumer of Cove Point gas.
Despite a ban on fracking within Maryland, Dominion Energy's new Cove Point liquefied natural gas export facility in Calvert County has made the state a player in the global LNG market — with U.S. shale gas leaving through Maryland and arriving in countries all across the globe.
Maryland’s Board of Public Works has unanimously voted down a proposal to approve a pipeline carrying fracked gas through three miles of Western Maryland — after years of environmentalists and concerned neighbors fighting the project. Board members cited concern for the environment.
A year after Maryland leaders settled a debate over the natural gas harvesting technique known as fracking by permanently banning it, environmentalists are battling projects like a Potomac River pipeline, the Cove Point terminal and a major investment by AtlaGas.
Advocates for clean energy and the environment cheered Tuesday as Gov. Larry Hogan followed through on his promise to sign a statewide ban on a controversial form of drilling for natural gas. Despite this victory, environmentalists remain skeptical about Hogan, who they say has a mixed record on environmental issues.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has a week to sign or veto a stack of controversial bills the General Assembly sent him Wednesday afternoon, starting the clock for a heightened political fight in final days of the legislative session.
The House of Delegates is poised to approve a bill to ban "fracking" for natural gas, but the measure won't move forward in the Senate unless supporters can get a veto-proof majority, a key senator said Wednesday.
Chanting "Hey, Hey! Ho, Ho! All this fracking's got to go!" hundreds of demonstrators marched in a circle around the State House Thursday to draw attention to an effort to ban the controversial form of gas drilling in Maryland.
About 4,000 acres out of 100,000 in Garrett County once leased for natural gas wells remain under contract, so even if the General Assembly doesn't ban fracking, Western Maryland isn't expecting an energy boom.
Environment Secretary Benjamin Grumbles referred to Maryland's proposed fracking regulations as the "platinum standard" compared to other states. But these regulations are wholly inadequate and, if anything, speak to the lax standards elsewhere. As is often said, the devil is in the details. Here are some of the details that should be of concern to all residents.
Putting restraints on police electronic surveillance, a liquor license for a restaurant near a Frederick Road church, protecting honeybees, and money to fix the roof of a Catonsville horse barn are among the items on the to-do lists of the area's delegates and senators at the start of the Maryland legislature.
Harford County opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to capture natural gas and shale petroleum deposits picked what at first appeared to be a curious venue to go public with their concerns: A meeting of the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners.
A Tuesday hearing of regulations to protect water quality and public health should fracking one day take place in Maryland portended an imminent fight over whether to ban the controversial gas-extraction process before the proposed rules take effect next year.
Whether Maryland's draft regulations regarding fracking are truly the most stringent as some have claimed is debatable, but it is also irrelevant. They fail to adequately protect public health and the environment, and that is all that matters. For example, these "most stringent" regulations loosen safeguards to protect our water.
As environmental advocates in Maryland push for a statewide ban on the controversial gas-drilling technique known as fracking, they are seeking to recast environmentalism from a political objective to a moral imperative by making their case in church.
State environmental regulators will not adopt rules to govern fracking in Western Maryland by Oct. 1, missing a legal deadline that marks one year until a statewide ban on hydraulic fracturing expires.
When Maryland began studying fracking in 2011, research on impacts was in its infancy. Yet by the end of 2015, there were almost seven hundred peer-reviewed articles on fracking impacts on air, water, seismicity, climate and human and animal health. The emerging picture is clear: Fracking has no place in Maryland, or anywhere else.
A handful of ex-offenders rallied in Baltimore Monday, trying to persuade Gov. Larry Hogan to sign a bill restoring voting rights to felons before they complete the terms of their probation and parole.
University of Maryland study finds emissions linked to the controversial drilling technique commonly called fracking" in the air in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., far from the nearest natural gas well.
Perhaps if there is nothing to hide — if the fracking drilling practice truly causes minimal to no environmental impact — then maybe it's time for drilling companies to let Maryland really get to know them? And not just on the economic level, but on a deep, environmental level.