Attorney General Opines That Locals May Ban Fracking

Annapolis, MD – Recently, Senator Roger Manno and Delegate Sandy Rosenberg, co-chairs of the AELR Committee (Administrative, Executive and Legislative Review Committee)  requested an Attorney General opinion as to whether local jurisdictions may, through local laws, preempt the State in issues of the natural gas extraction process known as Hydraulic Fracturing, or “Fracking.”

In his response, Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office opines in the affirmative — that local jurisdictions may, in certain cases of local zoning and where concurrent jurisdiction exists, effectively ban fracking in their own jurisdictions.

Read the Attorney General’s opinion here.

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