With the legislative session now a month old and bill hearings in full swing I want to update you on what I’m working on:
- Earlier this week in Environmental Matters, we held a hearing on hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”). If we decide to move forward with granting permits for this process of natural gas extraction, I’m extremely concerned with the potential for contaminating our water supply. I’m a strong supporter of a bill to require a comprehensive study of all the factors involved in hydraulic fracturing that could potentially harm our drinking water, pollute the Chesapeake Bay, and endanger the health of Marylanders as result. Before we consider granting permits to gas companies to drill on Maryland soil we must make sure there are safeguards in place to protect the environment and public health.
- Today, the Montgomery County delegation met with Senator Ben Cardin, who spoke about continuing our commitment to move Maryland forward as a leader in implementing health care reform. Let’s continue to focus on solutions, rather than implementing obstacles to progress.