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The House of Delegates has passed a 7.5 percent state severance tax on the wholesale market value of natural gas extracted from the Marcellus Shale in western Maryland.
Maryland would become the first state in the nation to charge energy companies a fee to finance studies on best practices for extracting natural gas from Marcellus Shale, under a bill approved Tuesday by the state's House of Delegates.
A state commission on natural-gas drilling is taking a look at the regulatory landscape.
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