Opponents of fracking seek permanent ban in Maryland

Opponents of fracking in Maryland demonstrated in Annapolis and filled a hearing room Tuesday in support of legislation banning the practice.

 Fracking involves horizontal drilling into Marcellus shale, which is abundant in western Maryland. A high-pressure mix of water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock, freeing natural gas trapped inside.

Opponents want a permanent ban as the state moratorium on fracking expires in October.


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