I applaud The Frederick News-Post’s editorial board for reinforcing the view that short-term gains from fracking are not worth the long-term risks. In that article it is pointed out that any fracking “would require regular monitoring and inspections and rigid enforcement.”
I was amazed when I read the most recent fracking regulations, created by the state, to learn that the gas companies are free to hire companies to do the various studies that may be required by the state in conjunction with fracking regulation and the Maryland Department of the Environment basically reviews the paperwork submitted. The same is true in relation to monitoring. It is done by the gas companies. This does not set the stage for “rigid enforcement.”
In the real world, companies that are contracted to do work are generally trying to satisfy those who write their paycheck. A system like this allows the risks related to fracking — contaminated water, worsened air quality, earthquakes (to name a few) to come to fruition.
The only responsible step lawmakers can take in relation to fracking is to pass a permanent ban. I want to thank Sen. Ron Young for recognizing the dangers fracking would bring to our community and state and for being a sponsor of Senate Bill 740, which calls for a permanent statewide ban of fracking in Maryland.