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In the Press: Bel Air officials respond

4 January 2017

The Aegis

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Fracking opponents seek support on a Maryland ban from Bel Air officials, who appear willing to oblige

David Anderson Contact ReporterThe Aegis Jan 4 2017

Harford County opponents of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to capture natural gas and shale petroleum deposits picked what at first appeared to be a curious venue to go public with their concerns: A meeting of the Bel Air Board of Town Commissioners.

The opponents, led by members of the group Harford County Climate Action, appeared before the commissioners at their two December town meetings. They gave a lengthy presentation and answered questions at the first session on Dec. 5 and came back two weeks later on Dec. 19 to thank the commissioners and to ask them to formally go on record supporting a ban on the drilling process in Maryland.

“We can’t pass a ban,” Tracey Waite, who lives in Bel Air and is president and founder of Harford Climate Action, said of the municipal government. “We can just pass a resolution in support of a ban.”

While the prospect of natural gas drilling happening in Bel Air or other parts of Harford County is unlikely because the county does not sit on a shale formation, local environmental advocates want to enlist the support of municipal and county officials in Harford going into this year’s Maryland General Assembly session.

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