Tag: fracking

Greenlaurel: Maryland’s Climate and Energy Conundrum at Cove Point

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Dominion’s Cove Point natural gas liquefaction plant is expected to start shipping Appalachian fracked gas by year’s end.

In the same week that Maryland’s fracking ban became law, Lusby, Maryland citizens were protesting Dominion Energy’s request to significantly increase the toxic chemical emissions expected from its new fracked gas export plant. A closer look at each issue highlights the challenges facing our climate as we weigh an age-old battle: profit versus the planet.

Greenlaurel: Baltimore To Consider ‘No Oil Bomb Train’ Legislation

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The “no oil train” coalition protested during Artscape 2017 – a venue right in the potential oil blast zone.

A dedicated group of Baltimore’s faith leaders, communities and environmentalists have been working hard to put the kibosh on highly flammable “oil bomb trains” entering Baltimore City. The Baltimore City Council will soon consider a creative local zoning law designed to seriously limit dangerous oil trains’ terminal expansion. Here’s why you should care and also some simple actions you can take to make your voice heard.

This Progressive Group Created its Own Grading System for Md. Lawmakers

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Photo by Kevin Galens – Flickr

Where do your delegates stand on fracking? How did your district’s senator vote on the issue of mandatory lead testing in schools?

Greenlaurel: Surprisingly, Senate Blocks Trump’s Attempt to Cancel Methane Rules

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Pennsylvania resident Frank Finan filmed condensate tank methane emissions with his infrared FLIR GasFindIR camera. With the FLIR GasFindIR, hydrocarbon emissions, including methane, can be seen with the naked eye as black smoke or steam. Emissions like this are migrating into Baltimore’s air. 

Federal lawmakers have blocked an attempt by President Donald Trump to cancel Obama-era methane rules — at least on federal lands. Though Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency has quietly cancelled Obama’s broader methane emissions regulation enacted in 2015, thanks to the move by the Senate, oil and gas must still capture and reduce fugitive methane emissions on fed lands. This unlikely block is actually a big deal for citizens who live near fracking sites, the tax coffers of certain states and all citizens who live on Planet Earth.

A 2017 Legislative Obituary: Cannabis Licensing Expansion, Internet Privacy, Immigrant Sanctuary Policy, Polystyrene Ban

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Photo by Kevin Galens – Flickr

The Maryland General Assembly enjoyed a productive 2017 session, with lawmakers from both parties working across the aisle and with Gov. Larry Hogan to craft new laws shaping Maryland’s environmental, school funding and even cownose ray-hunting policies. However, there were some notable fallen soldiers.

GreenLaurel: Marylanders Choose To Ban Fracking

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Protesters outside Baltimore Sen. Joan Carter Conway’s office in November 2016.

Maryland’s legislature has officially voted to ban fracking within its borders. Yesterday, the Senate voted 35-10 in favor of banning hydraulic fracturing, a little over two weeks after the House of Delegates passed the same ban bill with a veto-proof margin. How Maryland banned fracking is pretty interesting, especially in light of the complete undoing of environmental laws by the Trump administration.

Senate Committee Moves Fracking Ban Proposal to a Full Vote

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Photo by Kevin Galens – Flickr

A measure that would permanently ban fracking across Maryland has moved one step closer to fruition by escaping, thanks to a Senate committee.

Hogan Backs Fracking Ban in Maryland

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Photo via Gov. Larry Hogan/Twitter

Friday afternoon’s headline from Larry Hogan was not doctored. In a surprise move, the Maryland Governor called for a ban on fracking in the state.

Anti-Fracking Protesters Arrested at Demonstration in Annapolis

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Photo by Thomas Meyer, via Food and Water Watch Maryland

About a dozen faith leaders and environmentalists were arrested on Thursday morning in Annapolis at a demonstration against allowing fracking in Maryland.

House of Delegates Passes Permanent Fracking Ban for Maryland

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Photo by Thomas Meyer, via Food and Water Watch Maryland/Facebook

An overwhelming majority of the members of the Maryland General Assembly’s lower house today decided the state would be better off without natural gas drilling.