Maryland Eschewed Fracking but Natural Gas Still Poised to Grow

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland is not taking part in the boom of natural gas fracking, otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing. But the fossil fuel is still poised to grow in the state.

The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that Gov. Larry Hogan is pushing to connect more homes to natural gas lines. And he wants a Canadian energy company to invest more than $100 million in infrastructure.

The Hogan Administration says natural gas is far cleaner than coal and heating oil. But the Chesapeake Climate Action Network has said the expansion would be contrary to Maryland’s investment in clean energy and greenhouse gas reductions.

Critics are concerned that fracking in other states poses risks to ground water. There are also concerns that pipelines in Maryland will leak methane, a greenhouse gas.

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