Maryland House OKs Fracking Ban, Passes Bill To Senate

Law360, New York (March 25, 2015, 2:08 PM EDT) -- The state of Maryland is one step closer to banning hydraulic fracking after delegates from the House passed a bill on Tuesday to put a moratorium on the activity for three years while a scientific panel investigates the long-term environmental and health impacts of drilling in the Marcellus Shale.

Maryland's Senate will now consider HB0449, passed by a vote of 93 to 45, which will prevent the state's Department of the Environment from granting or even reviewing an application for a license to frack in the western half of the state until April 30, 2018.

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