The Maryland Department of the Environment (“the Department”) has developed Marcellus Shale “issue papers” that discuss specific topics that generated extensive interest when the Department proposed new regulations for oil and gas exploration and production in January 2015. The issue papers describe the Department’s current thinking with respect to key issues from the 2015 proposal. Each issue paper includes an overview of the requirements included in the 2015 proposal and the Department’s tentative suggestions for revising those requirements.
These issue papers are posted to the Department’s website at www.mde.maryland.gov/marcellus. Comments on the issue papers may be submitted via email or paper mail. Written comments will be accepted through July 18, 2016 by e-mail at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or by mail at:
Attn: LMA Director’s Office
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 610
Baltimore, MD 21230
Based on continuing review and evaluation of the comments received on the issue papers, the Department will propose a revised set of regulations in the Maryland Register in advance of the October 1, 2016 promulgation deadline. Following proposal, the Department will provide an additional 30-day written comment period before taking any final action on the regulations.
Any questions should be directed to Jeffrey Fretwell – JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or 410-537-3537.
Garrett County Commissioners' Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Group generally meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Garrett County Health Department. Check the link for the schedule.
Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website (http://extension.psu.edu/naturalgas)