Summary: The Fracking Prohibition Act bans the use of hydraulic fracturing for drilling oil or gas wells.
Based on Maryland HB 1325
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE
This Act shall be called the “Fracking Prohibition Act.”
SECTION 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE
(A) FINDINGS—The legislature finds that:
(B) PURPOSE—This law is enacted to protect the health and welfare of state residents.
SECTION 3. FRACKING PROHIBITED
After section XXX, the following new section XXX shall be inserted:
(A) In this section, “hydraulic fracturing” means a stimulation treatment performed on oil and natural gas wells in low–permeability oil or natural gas reservoirs through which specially engineered fluids are pumped at high pressure and rate into the reservoir interval to be treated, causing fractures to open.
(B) A person may not engage in the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the exploration or production of oil or natural gas in the state.
SECTION 4. EFFECTIVE DATE
This law shall become effective on July 1, 20XX.