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Governor Hogan calls for systemic reforms to Maryland Environmental Service

ANNAPOLIS, MD—In a letter to General Assembly leaders (below) on Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan called for bipartisan systemic reforms to the governance structure, oversight, and management of the Maryland Environmental Service (MES). Recent developments have brought to light serious issues with regards to the lack of financial oversight and controls in place at the corporation, including concerns with how MES …


Events, Sci-Tech

LIGHTS OUT: Over 4 million birds to fly over Maryland on Monday night

BALTIMORE, MD—The skies over Maryland will be busy on Monday night, but not with airplanes. The Maryland Department of the Environment says that over 4 million migrant birds are expected to fly over the state tonight, with over 33,000 expected to pass over the Baltimore area. According to BirdCast: For those in areas under heavy migration advisories, this will be …


Haze from west coast wildfires visible in Maryland

UPDATE: Hazy conditions persisted in Maryland on Tuesday. Original story below… —— NOTTINGHAM, MD—The skies over Maryland may be a bit hazier than usual this week, and the cause may not be what one would normally expect. The National Weather Service on Monday afternoon said that smoke from the wildfires plaguing the west coast were causing hazy conditions in the …

Frosh, other Attorneys General, file suit against EPA

UPDATE: Governor Larry Hogan has issued a statement in response to Attorney General Frosh’s legal action against the EPA: “Earlier this year, I directed the Attorney General to take this legal action in keeping with our generational responsibility and shared obligation to enhance, protect, and restore the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay is a national treasure, and our administration has committed …

Frosh joins lawsuit to protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil, gas drilling

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday joined a coalition of 15 states filing a federal lawsuit to challenge a decision by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to proceed with an oil and gas leasing program in the Coastal Plain region of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from oil and gas development. The Coastal Plain is a …

Baltimore County announces new renewable energy conversion of methane gas at Eastern Sanitary Landfill

WHITE MARSH, MD—Baltimore County on Monday announced it has entered a new agreement with Energy Power Partners (EPP), a clean power-focused firm to participate in a landfill gas-to-energy system at the County’s Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh. The two-phase project is the first large-scale renewable energy venture in Baltimore County’s history. “Climate change poses one of the most significant …

Governor Hogan orders audit of Maryland Environmental Service, calls for legislative reforms

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Tuesday issued the following statement: “It has recently come to light that the Maryland Environmental Service has a longstanding practice of paying large bonuses, expense reimbursements, and severance packages to its top executives. This is something no normal state-operated agency should or would ever grant. “To be clear, I did not approve, recommend, or have …

Boy Scout Troop cleans up Carney watershed

CARNEY, MD—Summer storms have brought a large amount of debris into places like the Jennifer Branch of the Gunpowder River. Over the weekend, Boy Scout Troop 124, which is based out of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Carney, got busy! “Many thanks to the Scouts from Troop 124 who led a trash collection effort this weekend- Gabe Tomko, Ben …