Some Maryland lawmakers are pushing for a bill that would place a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. Republican state Sen. George Edwards, who is on the state's Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, said a moratorium essentially is already in place through next year because hydraulic fracturing can't take place until all necessary studies are done. Paul Roberts, the commission's citizen representative, said a moratorium would be "a common-sense approach until the industry can show the practice will not harm the water and air and be done safely for humans and the environment."

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