The Maryland General Assembly passed a bill that prohibits the state from issuing permits for hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Maryland through October 1, 2017. The bill instructs the state to set Maryland fracking regulations by October 1, 2016. This bill gives the General Assembly one legislative session to review those regulations.
The bill automatically became law on May 29 after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan did not sign or veto the bill.
Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility (Chesapeake PSR) advocated for a bill that would have established an eight year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and set up an independent panel of experts to review scientific literature and report to the governor and the General Assembly on whether hydraulic fracturing could occur in Maryland with no detrimental impact on public health.
Over the next two years, Chesapeake PSR will continue to work with Concerned Health Professionals of Maryland to advocate for a long-term fracking moratorium in Maryland.