Daniel B. Markind, Esq.
Weir and Partners, LLP
The recent elections will have long-lasting impacts on fracking across the country as some new states move forward and others tackle side issues.
After nearly three years of study, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland announced Tuesday that he intends to proceed with issuing regulations that would permit hydraulic fracturing. Maryland is thought to have shale gas in its western counties of Garrett and Allegany. The announcement came along with the release of a long-awaited study by the Maryland Department of Environment and the Department of Natural Resources which found that Maryland faced little risk of drinking water contamination from fracking, moderate risks associated with heavy truck traffic and a moderate to high risk of air pollution.