‘Fracking is an extremely controversial practice, and several states have begun taking action against the destructive method for gas and oil extraction. Vermont became the first state to ban fracking in 2012, though experts say it was more of a statement than anything else, as natural oil and gas are virtually nonexistent within the state’s borders. In 2014, New York became the second state to place a ban on the drilling method — after some 200 communities in the state had instituted their own fracking prohibitions.
Now, it appears that a third state will be joining the anti-fracking ranks. The Maryland General Assembly recently gave final passage to a bill that would ban fracking within state lines, and the bill will now go before Governor Larry Hogan for a hopeful signature.’