ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland environmentalists are applauding state lawmakers for passing an offshore wind power bill this year, but split over a measure to give farmers exemptions from new Chesapeake Bay restoration regulations if they agree to inspections and other conditions.
The General Assembly, meanwhile, was expected to wrap up Monday without passing several other bills sought by environmentalists.
Those include a bill to prohibit the use of new hydraulic fracturing drilling techniques for natural gas until studies can be completed on its impact. Environmentalists also were seeking to phase out paper mill waste as a preferred alternative energy source, which they say is diverting funds from wind and solar power. Supporters say paper mill waste was already being used for energy before the program was created to spur new energy sources.