While Gov. Martin O’Malley has proposed a $1.5 million study into the effects of fracking in Maryland, and Del. Shane Robinson has called for an all-out ban on the process, Del. Heather Mizeur introduced a bill Thursday that would put a more optimistic 18-month moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. The point is to provide time to digest the results of the study, without pressure from bit-champing gas companies.
Sounds prudent. But I prefer Robinson’s plan: straight-up ban it. That would place the burden on the advocates of fracking to prove that it’s safe, instead of placing it on the anti-fracking faction to prove that it’s dangerous.