Governor Hogan Unveils 2017 Environmental Agenda; Advocates & Legislators React

Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan unveiled his Administration’s environmental agenda for the 2017 Session on January 3. Totaling almost $65 million in funding, the Governor’s proposals include: Renewable Energy Project Funding: $41 million in investment in Tier 1 renewable energy projects through the Strategic Energy Investment Fund (coming from the $44 million in liquidated damages owed to … Continue reading Governor Hogan Unveils 2017 Environmental Agenda; Advocates & Legislators React

Sun Article on Hogan/Frosh Relationship: Conflict or Collaboration on Environmental Issues?

A December 10 Baltimore Sun article examined the potential relationship between incoming Governor Larry Hogan and incoming Attorney General Brian Frosh on environmental issues, particularly on efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.  Noting that the two have “clashed in the past,” the article explored how they will need to adapt to each other’s sometimes conflicting viewpoints and the … Continue reading Sun Article on Hogan/Frosh Relationship: Conflict or Collaboration on Environmental Issues?

Renewable Energy, Septics & Fracking Key Topics at 2017 Annual Environmental Summit

Environmental advocates addressed a standing room only sized crowd at the 23rd Annual Maryland Environmental Summit on January 26 in the Miller Senate Office Building in Annapolis. The Summit is a forum where the environmental community discusses their collective Session agenda and state and federal officials offer their perspectives pending environmental legislation issues. Maryland Secretary of the Environment Benjamin Grumbles was … Continue reading Renewable Energy, Septics & Fracking Key Topics at 2017 Annual Environmental Summit

Hogan, Miller Respond to Poultry, Fracking Concerns at 2017 Annapolis Summit

A short Daily Record video (2017-01-11) highlighted some of the environmental questions Governor Lawrence “Larry” Hogan, House Speaker Michael Busch, and Senate President Thomas Mike Miller fielded from audience members at the 2017 Annapolis Summit. The Summit has become an annual tradition where legislative and executive leadership discuss the key budget and policy issues of the … Continue reading Hogan, Miller Respond to Poultry, Fracking Concerns at 2017 Annapolis Summit

McGrath Named Maryland Environmental Service Director

Deputy Chief of Staff Roy McGrath has been appointed to serve as Director of the Maryland Environmental Service (MES), a MACo Bronze Corporate Partner. From the press release, The director is appointed by the governor, and serves as the chief executive officer and chairman of a nine member Board of Directors. MES is a self-supporting, … Continue reading McGrath Named Maryland Environmental Service Director

MDE Approves Counties’ Stormwater Financial Plans, Environmentalists Critical

A Bay Journal article (2016-10-18) reported that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has approved the financial assurance plans submitted by the 10 counties subject to a Phase 1 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit for stormwater runoff. As previously reported on Conduit Street, SB 863 of 2015 repealed the requirement that the ten Phase … Continue reading MDE Approves Counties’ Stormwater Financial Plans, Environmentalists Critical

Environmental Professor Challenges Baltimore Sun’s BAT Septic Editorial

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Baltimore Sun editorial “The  Septic Backslide” criticized the recent decision of Governor Lawrence (Larry) Hogan and the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) to propose regulations repealing the mandatory use of best available nitrogen removal technology (BAT) septic systems outside of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Coastal Bay … Continue reading Environmental Professor Challenges Baltimore Sun’s BAT Septic Editorial

Carroll County Times Editorial Supports Governor Hogan’s Conowingo Dam Initiative

A Carroll County Times editorial (2016-07-12), viewed the announcement by Governor Larry Hogan on the Conowingo Dam as a positive action, but also expressed caution against abandoning other water pollution reduction efforts. As previously reported on Conduit Street, Hogan announced the formation of a Conowingo Dam work group that would solicit private sector ideas on addressing the nutrient and sediment … Continue reading Carroll County Times Editorial Supports Governor Hogan’s Conowingo Dam Initiative

Proposed Fracking Rules Draw Criticism From Both Energy Industry & Environmental Groups

A Baltimore Sun article (2016-06-22) reported that neither the energy industry or environmental groups are pleased with Governor Larry Hogan’s pending rules on allowing hydraulic fracturing for natural gas (commonly referred to as “fracking”) in Maryland. The article noted fracking has been under a moratorium in Maryland since 2011 but the State is set to start … Continue reading Proposed Fracking Rules Draw Criticism From Both Energy Industry & Environmental Groups

Governor Hogan Signs Program Open Space Funding Bill Into Law

A MyEasternShoreMd article (2016-04-07) reported that a bill introduced by Governor Larry Hogan (HB 462) to restore funding to Program Open Space and other land preservation programs has passed the General Assembly and been signed by the Governor. The bill was heavily amended, borrowing provisions from similar bills introduced this Session. From the article: As per the provisions in House … Continue reading Governor Hogan Signs Program Open Space Funding Bill Into Law