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Gov. O’Malley’s order bans fracking until 2014

After the General Assembly failed to pass a bill imposing a moratorium on drilling for natural gas in Western Maryland’s portion of the Marcellus Shale, Gov. Martin O’Malley imposed a de facto halt to the efforts Monday when he issued ...

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Study finds gas in drinking water near drilling sites

WASHINGTON — New research is providing some of the first scientific evidence that a controversial gas drilling technique can contaminate drinking water. The study published Monday found potentially dangerous concentrations of methane gas in water from wells near drilling sites ...

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Pepco, windmills take their legislative lumps

Lawmakers confronting energy legislation had no problem holding power utilities accountable for meeting reliability standards, but the governor’s effort to open up Maryland’s coastal waters to windmills failed. Also failing was a bid to put a moratorium on natural gas ...

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Gas drilling moratorium fails in General Assembly

ANNAPOLIS — A bill that would have imposed a two-year moratorium on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation while an environmental impact study was completely stalled in the Senate this legislative session after easily passing the House. It ...

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Md. environment Sec. Summers testifies at fracking hearing

WASHINGTON — Maryland’s environmental secretary is calling on the federal government to take a more active role in studying and regulating natural gas drilling. Acting Secretary Robert Summers appeared Tuesday at a hearing in Washington on a natural gas drilling ...

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Pa. seeks more tests for drilling pollution

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Prodded by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania said it is expanding the scope of water tests to screen for radioactive pollutants and other contaminants from the state’s booming natural gas drilling industry. The state Department of ...

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Bay Foundation seeks federal fracking analysis

The federal government should conduct a comprehensive federal analysis of Marcellus Shale drilling in the six bay-watershed states, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other environmental groups said Monday. The foundation said it has filed a petition under the National Environmental ...

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