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NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A regulatory commission that oversees water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries is set to consider a permanent ban on natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The five-member Delaware River Basin Commission meets Wednesday outside Philadelphia. Its agenda includes a measure that would begin the lengthy process of enacting a formal ban on drilling and fracking, the technique that's spurred a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has signed a bill to ban the hydraulic fracturing drilling process known as fracking in Maryland.

The Republican governor signed the measure Tuesday about a week after the bill was passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature.

Fracking for oil and gas isn't being done in Maryland now, but a moratorium was set to end in October.

Fracking opponents cited health and environmental concerns. The technique forces pressurized water and chemicals underground to break up the rock and release the gas.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Supporters of banning hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Maryland are holding a rally.

The rally and news conference are scheduled for Tuesday, before a hearing is held in the state capital on legislation to ban fracking.

The measure is getting a hearing before the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.

Some who don't want to ban fracking entirely favor extending a moratorium. A current moratorium is set to expire in October. But some say fracking should be allowed, because it would create jobs in western Maryland.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A measure to ban hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in Maryland is being introduced.

Del. David Fraser-Hidalgo is expected to introduce the measure on Thursday with more than 50 co-sponsors.

Sen. Robert Zirkin also has introduced a measure to ban the drilling technique known as fracking in the state.

A moratorium is set to expire in October.

Proponents say fracking will create jobs, but opponents say the pollution risks are too great.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Opponents of the natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing are holding events across the state as Maryland environmental regulators prepare to publish proposed rules for issuing permits starting in October.

The events include a rally Monday afternoon at the Baltimore office of Democratic state Sen. Joan Conway, who chairs the Senate's environmental committee. The Don't Frack Maryland Coalition is asking Conway to support a permanent ban on fracking.

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - An advisory panel in far western Maryland is reviewing proposed state's regulations for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

The Garrett County Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Group meets Tuesday evening in Oakland. The agenda includes a review of proposed regulations the Department of the Environment released for public comment last month.

The advisory panel has been pressing for specific regulations aimed at protecting public health and the environment of Garrett County, where most fracking activity would occur.

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - The Garrett County Commissioners are considering a Deep Creek Lake watershed management plan that would restrict natural-gas drilling around Maryland's largest freshwater lake.

The vote is on the agenda for a meeting Monday afternoon.

The watershed covers 41,000 acres around the lake, including many vacation homes and tourism businesses. The plan would prohibit natural gas wellheads within the watershed.

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - The Garrett County Commissioners are considering a Deep Creek Lake watershed management plan that would restrict drilling for natural gas in the resort area.

The plan is up for discussion at Monday's board meeting.

The plan was drafted in 2014. It would prohibit wellheads on 41,000 acres around the lake.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Scientists say they will begin monitoring seismic activity in western Maryland in preparation for hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

Maryland Geological Survey Director Richard Ortt tells The Baltimore Sun his agency plans to install a seismometer somewhere in Garrett or Allegany county by next June. A state moratorium on hydraulic fracturing ends in October 2017.

The device would measure underground rumblings like those attributed elsewhere to the disposal of wastewater from fracking.

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles says his agency will gather more information and listen to citizens as it develops rules for fracking in the state.

Grumbles fielded questions at a public meeting Tuesday in Garrett County in far western Maryland, where most of the state's shale gas resources lie.

He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he's committed to a transparent process and to good stewardship of the Deep Creek Lake watershed.

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