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Legislation to create a temporary moratorium on natural gas drilling in Western Maryland's Marcellus Shale deposits appears poised for passage in the House of Delegates.


By NICOLE DAO Capital News Service Friday, December 3, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Maryland submitted its final "pollution diet" plan Friday, which details how the state will achieve Chesapeake Bay pollution reduction goals five years earlier than mandated by the federal government.

By LAURA L. THORNTON Capital News Service   WASHINGTON - Nitrogen and phosphorus continue to pollute waterways across the nation, according to a briefing by the United States Geological Society Friday.  

By MORGAN GIBSON Capital News Service Thursday, April 15, 2010

WASHINGTON - Maryland's "difficult" decisions to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay are beginning to pay off, the state's congressional delegation was told Thursday, but there's still a long way to go.


By MORGAN GIBSON and JENNIFER HLAD Capital News Service Wednesday, April 7, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - Despite 25 years of restoration and protection efforts, the Chesapeake Bay's health is still bad and making only slight improvements, according to an assessment released Wednesday.


By ADAM KERLIN Capital News Service Thursday, April 1, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - New federal rules expediting stiffer mileage requirements for cars and trucks were finalized in Washington Thursday in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependency on foreign oil.


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By ADAM KERLIN Capital News Service Wednesday, January 20, 2010

ANNAPOLIS - More farming, not less, will be the key to improving the Chesapeake Bay's water quality, according to a report released by the Chesapeake Bay Commission and the state of Pennsylvania Wednesday.


"I'm getting more optimistic than I was, say, five years ago, particularly with the federal government taking the action they're taking," said former Gov. Harry Hughes.


By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Thursday, December 3, 2009

BALTIMORE - The Mattawoman Creek -- and planned construction of the Cross-County Connector in Charles County -- will, for some, be an indication of the effectiveness of the latest round of Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts.


By ALEKSANDRA ROBINSON Capital News Service Tuesday, November 24, 2009

EDMONSTON - This tiny town of 1,500, is soon to join the ranks of the country's environmentally elite -- towns like Seattle and Portland -- with the reconstruction of Decatur Street into a new green street.


By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Wednesday, November 4, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - EPA Senior Adviser Chuck Fox said in two interviews last week that Maryland poultry farmers could face more stringent pollution regulations than those in other states, a stance that has drawn opposition from Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Maryland Farm Bureau.

Fox said that although the amount of pollution large-scale poultry farms can produce is regulated by states, the Environmental Protection Agency has the final say in the matter and can force states to make stricter guidelines if need be.


When John Smith traveled the bay 400 years ago, he wrote that oysters, "lay as thick as stones," and that sturgeon were plentiful -- "more than could be devoured by dog or man."


By JAMES B. HALE Capital News Service Thursday, September 10, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Thursday to curb pollution in the Chesapeake Bay with tighter regulations on urban, suburban and agricultural runoff and sanctions for states that don't make sufficient progress.


By CATHERINE KRIKSTAN Capital News Service Wednesday, September 9, 2009

ANNAPOLIS - U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md., wants to provide watershed states from New York to Virginia with new funding and incentives to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.

Cardin's legislation, introduced this week, would also give the Environmental Protection Agency the power to punish states that fail to meet federal water quality standards.