Council unanimously supports bill to enact a fracking moratorium in Maryland.
Forty residents came out to Monday’s Greenbelt City Council meeting to show their support for a proposed state bill to enact a moratorium on fracking in Maryland and asked the council to send a letter in support to the legislature. There are two fracking bills before the Maryland legislature—one to ban fracking in Maryland and another to enact a moratorium until further studies can be completed. Hearings on both bills are scheduled before the Senate Education Health And Environment Committee Tuesday at 1 p.m. and before the House Environmental Committee March 8 at 1 p.m. Lore Rosenthal of Greenbelt said this group of citizens were asking the council to support a moratorium rather than a ban because a ban was “ a little too severe.” “We …
This law would mainly help landowners who do not own their mineral rights and cannot negotiate for contractual protections from drilling activity on their land.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
by Greg Masters Capital News Service A commission tasked with advising Maryland on possible shale gas production supports a change in the law that would make it easier for landowners to bring claims against drillers regarding water contamination and other damages near hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," sites. The new law, which commission chair and Towson University professor David Vanko said has "pretty broad support" from the commission, would shift the burden of proof to energy companies by creating a "rebuttable presumption" that drilling activity causes certain kinds of damages occurring close in time and proximity to natural gas operations. "I think (asymmetry of resources) always has been an issue in litigation, particularly where…