Newly Added Resources

Note: This information has been assembled from many different sources and is not endorsed by the Board of Garrett County Commissioners.

1/19/2017 Letter to Governor Hogan, President Miller, Speaker Busch, and members of the General Assembly from various State Delegates and Senators and Town, City, and County Representatives

1/25/2016 Economic and Fiscal Impacts of Expanding the Natural Gas Infrastructure in Maryland, Prepared for The Maryland Natural Gas LDCs by Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University

1/5/2017 Letter from Sandra Benson Brantley, Council to the General Assembly, to Chairs of the Joint Committee on Administrative, Executive, and Legislative Review ("AELR") regarding proposed regulations from MDE

"Place-based perceptions of the impacts of fracking along the Marcellus Shale", a study by Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Amelia M. Jamison, Meleah D. Boyle, Devon C. Payne-Sturges, Amir Sapkota, Donald K. Milton, Sacoby M. Wilson

"The Economic Impact of the Natural Gas Industry and the Marcellus Shale Development in West Virginia in 2009", a study by Amy Higginbotham, Adam Pellillo, Tami Gurley-Calvez, and Tom S. Witt, Bureau of Business and Economic Research, College of Business and Economics, West Virginia University in December 2010. Funding for this research was provided by the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association (WVONGA).

"Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Birth Outcomes in Pennsylvania, USA” Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study written by Joan A. Casey, David A. Savitz, Sara G. Rasmussen, Elizabeth L. Ogburn, Jonathan Pollak, Dione G. Mercer and Brian S. Schwartz. October 8, 2015

Compilation of Physicochemical and Toxicological Information About Hydraulic Fracturing-Related Chemicals (Draft Database).  This product is being released in support of the hydraulic fracturing study (HF Study) assessment and is available to provide the information that was used to determine the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas on drinking water resources in the United States. This is companion data to the draft report that was released for public comment and shared with the EPA Science Advisory Board for expert peer review.

Presentations from Engage Mountain Maryland's "Above and Under the Accident Dome" meeting June 23, 2015:

  1. Preliminary Questions, Texas Eastern Title V Renewal Application presentation by Paul Durham, Consultant, Heritage Resources, LLC
  2. Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community presentation by Ann Nau, Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community
  3. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) - An Overview presentation by Eric Robison, President, Save Western Maryland
  4. Permitting 101: Construction v. Operating presentation by Karen Irons, Manager, Air Quality Permits Program, Maryland Department of the Environment and Angelo Bianca, Deputy Director, Air and Radiation Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment
  5. Maryland Geological Survey Studies in Garrett County, Maryland presentation by David Bolton, Chief, Hydrogeology Program, Maryland Geological Survey, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  6. Accident Storage Facility presentation by Devin Hotzel, Scott Rouze, and Randall Putt from Spectra Energy

"Unconventional Natural Gas Development and Production and Maryland Health Statute" presentation at the Garrett County Board of Health on May 28, 2015

"Evaluating a groundwater supply contamination incident attributed to Marcellus Shale gas development", published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

"Regional air quality impacts of hydraulic fracturing and shale natural gas activity: Evidence from ambient VOC observations", published in the Journal Atmospheric Environment

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation - Maintenance & Operations - Posted and Bonded Roadway Program

Ohio DNR Division of Oil & Gas Resources - Best Management Practices for Water Sampling and Well Construction

Updated Map of Active Leases in Garrett County as of March 2015 (Does not include leases that have expired but have not been released - see below).

Updated Map of Expired Leases that have not been released as of March 2015 (does not include active leases.  See above).

Presentation to County Commissioners by Ann Bristow and Paul Roberts - Public Health Effects of Natural Gas Development/ Production

Housing and Marcellus Shale Development - The Center for Rural Pennsylvania commissioned this Marcellus Shale Impacts study, the fifth looking at impacts on Pennsylvania schools and education

Shale Gas Drilling County-wide Surface Drilling Constraints Spatial Analysis Exercise conducted by the Garrett County Planning & Land Management Department

Former Garrett County Commissioners Shale Gas Advisory Committee Reports

Natural  Gas  Drilling  in  the  Marcellus  Shale: Potential  Impacts  on  the  Tourism  Economy  of  the  Southern  Tier -  2011 report prepared for the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, with support from the Appalachian Regional Commission.  Andrew Rumbach is a doctoral candidate in the Department of City and  Regional Planning at Cornell University

Exploreshale.org enhances public understanding of the basic science surrounding the Marcellus Shale by providing a fact-based interactive learning experience.  Exploreshale.org is a public service media project by Penn State Public Broadcasting and was funded by the Colcom Foundation.

The final version of the "Assessment of Risks from Unconvential Gas Well Development in the Marcellus Shale of Western Maryland", co-authored by MDE and DNR, was released January 20, 2015.  The final version of the risk assessment can be found at: http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/mining/marcellus/Pages/Risk_Assessment.aspx

The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative portion of MDE’s website is now updated with a link to the proposed regulation on oil and gas exploration and production.  The website also includes the “Pennsylvania Guidelines for Administering Oil and Gas Activity on State Forest Lands” which the proposed regulation incorporates by reference in proposed 26.19.01.02A, and refers to in proposed 26.19.01.26B.  Here is a link to the Marcellus Shale portion of MDE’s website: http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/mining/marcellus/Pages/index.aspx

Marcellus shale Safe Drilling Initiative Study Draft Final Report

Reorganized and rewritten RESI Marcellus Shale Economic Report

Comments on the RESI Marcellus Shale Economic Report

Study: Marcellus Shale Created 45,000 Trade Jobs - article on CBS Pittsburgh October 17

DEP releases updated details on water contamination near drilling sites article in the Post-Gazette about a report released by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Proximity to Natural Gas Wells and Reported Health Status: Results of a Household Survey in Washington County, Pennsylvania from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Ohio Shale Country Listening Project Report

Risk Assessment Comment Period Extended:

The comment period on the risk assessment has been extended to November 17. MDE and DNR would especially appreciate comments on risks that may have been overlooked and therefore not evaluated, and on additional relevant literature or data that you think we should consider. If you want to ask questions about the risk assessment before you submit comments, please submit the questions to Brigid Kenney ( JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING ) before the November 5, 2014, meeting of the Advisory Commission or ask the questions at that meeting.

The “Probability” paragraph on page 9 of Appendix H was garbled. It should read: “Failures of casing and cement are common and, although the best practices should greatly reduce them, they probably will not be eliminated. The probability of groundwater contamination via casing/cement failure is being evaluated for two scenarios, based on MDE’s Best Practices recommendations. The first scenario is if a gas well is set back 2,000 feet from a drinking water well and the probability for this is moderate. The second scenario is if a gas well is set back 1 km (3,281ft) from a drinking water well, and the probability for this is low.”

A question has been raised about the meaning of “NA” in Appendix A of the risk assessment. NA means Not Assessed. There are a couple of reasons why we might not have assessed a risk for a particular phase of the process. For example, it is not necessary to address the risk of flaring in phases where flaring does not occur. In other cases, the risk might not have been identified. We started with a list of 41 risks derived from Resources for the Future's Pathways, and then discussed the list at Advisory Commission meetings.The Advisory Commission and the public were invited to suggest additional risks. The risk assessment teams added a few and we ended up with a list of about 65 risks to evaluate. When we prepared the summary table in Appendix A, rather than leave a cell blank, we entered NA. Looking at Appendix A, I realize that we sometimes entered "Low" when we should have written NA; for example, in the cell for the risk of a well blowout during the site preparation phase -- when there is no well. We’ll try to correct the inconsistencies, typos, and garbled sentences for the final risk assessment.

The Regional Economic Studies Institute at Towson University has provided a revised impact analysis. The revised economic report has been posted on MDE’s web site at http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/mining/marcellus/Documents/RESI_Marcellus_Shale_Report_Revised_FINAL.pdf. RESI re-organized the report, added additional explanations and clarifying language to the technical portions of the study, linked the number of new jobs and new residents explicitly in the housing analysis, and provided all of the inputs into the modeling efforts in the appendix.

Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Committee Emergency Preparedness Recommendations (August 2014)

Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Committee Response to 24 April Commissioner Tasking (October 6, 2014)

Shale Gas Development and It's Effect on Real Property Values Presentation by Paul Durham at the October 7, 2014 Shale Gas Advisory Committee Meeting

Public Health Study Meeting Report Presented by James "Smokey" Stanton at the October 7, 2014 Shale Gas Advisory Committee Meeting

Transportation Paper Presented by Eric Robison at the October 7, 2014 Shale Gas Advisory Committee Meeting

The draft "Assessment of Risks from Unconventional Gas Well Development in the Marcellus Shale of Western Maryland", co-authored by the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Natural Resources, has been released for a 30-day public review and comment period.  It is available online at http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/mining/marcellus/Pages/Risk_Assessment.aspx Comments must be received by the close of business on November 3, 2014. Comments should be sent to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING with the words "Risk Assessment" in the subject line. Alternatively, comments can be sent by postal service mail to: Ms. Brigid Kenney, Senior Policy Advisor, Maryland Department of the Environment, 1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21230

Public Health Study Report of comments received during the September 25 Public Health Study Informational Meeting, submitted to the study authors and Garrett County Commissioners October 3, 2014.  Listen to the meeting.

Presentation by Dr. Annie Bristow at Public Health Study Meeting September 25

Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Study, Part II, Interim Final Best Practices, July 2014

"Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Maryland and its Effect on Real Property Values" Presentation by Paul Durham from the 2014 Appalachian Festival Symposium at Frostburg State University September 19.

"Hydraulic Fracturing in Maryland: a Social, Economic, and Environmental Justice Perspective" Presentation by Dr. Kathleen Powell from the 2014 Appalachian Festival Symposium at Frostburg State University September 19.

Residual Frack Water No Threat to Groundwater, Say Researchers, article in Natural Gas Intel about a study published in the September issue of the Journal of Unconventional Oil and Gas Resources.

Draft Transportation Point Paper released for public comment - please review the document and provide comments (all comments will be included in an appendix/addendum) by September 17 to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or mail/drop to Cheryl DeBerry, 1916 Maryland Hwy Ste A, Mt. Lake Park, MD 21550.  This document is being prepared by the Shale Gas Advisory Committee for submission to the Garrett County Commissioners.

The Role of Oil and Gas and Amenities in County Economic Development - Ryan M. Yonk, Ph.D, Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice, Southern Utah University and Randy T Simmons, Ph.D, Department of Economics and Finance, Utah State University

Released for Public Comment - Final Report: Potential Public Health Impacts Of Natural Gas Development And Production In The Marcellus Shale In Western Maryland. Comments will be provided to the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission for consideration along with the final report at their September 15, 2014 meeting. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will receive comments until Friday October 3, 2014. For additional information and to read comments on the report by three expert external reviewers, please go to the DHMH Marcellus Shale and Public Health page.

Response to Questions Regarding the “Impact Analysis of the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative” from the Regional Economic Studies Institute (RESI) to Maryland Department of the Environment

US EPA's Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources - Published Scientific Papers

Draft Emergency Preparedness Recommendations by the Shale Gas Advisory Committee to the County Commissioners - Public input requested by August 13, 2014.  Please send comments to: Cheryl DeBerry JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or call 301-334-6968.

Memorandum to Shale Gas Advisory Committee - responses to county transportation issues questions by Michael Koch, Garrett County Community Planning & Development Department

County Severance Tax Outlook based on various extraction scenarios from the Garrett Co. Office of Economic Development

County Commissioner Letter to state Marcellus Commission containing comments from Shale Gas Advisory Committee on the final economic study.

Letter to state Marcellus Commission on the final economic study from Michael Koch, Garrett County Community Planning & Development Department

MDE Transmittal Letter for Interim Final Best Practices Report *   Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Study: Part II - Interim Final Best Practices

Public input received by Michael Bell about the final economic study by the Regional Economic Studies Institute of Towson University, addressed to the Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Committee

Chancellor says Marcellus shale jobs are there, 6/17/14 WV MetroNews article about shale gas job training at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont and West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling

Greene moving forward in providing affordable housing, article in the Observer-Reporter 6/15/2014

Planning for Shale Oil and Gas Boomtowns - presentation by Jessica Varsa and Allison Mouch

The final economic study by the Regional Economic Studies Institute of Towson University has been posted to MDE's webpage at http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/mining/marcellus/Documents/RESI_Marcellus_Shale_Report_Final.pdf

Maryland Department of the Environment opened a comment period on the RESI economic study.  The economic study by the Regional Economic Studies Institute of Towson University has been posted to MDE's webpage at http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Land/mining/marcellus/Documents/RESI_Marcellus_Shale_Report_Final.pdf

Comments must be received by the close of business on July 14, 2014.  Responses will be prepared and posted on MDE's website.  Questions and comments should be sent to JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING with the words "economic study" in the subject line.  Alternatively, they can be sent by postal service mail to:

Brigid E. Kenney
Senior Policy Advisor
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD  21230

AP Impact: Deadly Side Effect to Fracking Boom article from the Associated Press, 2014

Case Studies: Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Natural Gas Development from Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative

Overview of Pennsylvania's Impact Fee Act, Act 13 of 2012, Krystle J. Sacavage, Law Bureau, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission * See also Pennsylvania Supreme Court declares portions of shale-drilling law unconstitutional, story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies by ProPublica, March 5, 2014

Advances in Energy Technology, Kiplinger Letter 2/28/14

Natural Gas Industry Buoyed by Advances in Technology, TribLive Business, 3/1/14

Pennsylvania Supreme Court declares portions of shale-drilling law unconstitutional, story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Marcellus Shale Continues to Beat Expectations, summary of the Energy Information Administration (EIA)'s recently released February 2014 drilling productivity report for tight oil and shale gas regions

Energy in Depth Video - Shale Brings Jobs Back to America

Susquehanna River Basin Commission Report on Water Quality Conditions 2010-2012

Public Health Study Scoping Comments from the Shale Gas Advisory Committee

The Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health has posted the draft scoping document for the public health study for comment at http://www.marcellushealth.org/.  The comment period will be open for 30 days, until January 24, 2014.  The report describes the overall scoping process, the comments received by stakeholders, the specific topics to be considered in the subsequent phases, data sources, and methods for the assessments, and a timetable for the health assessment.

Natural Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board's final report

Exaggerating the Employment Impacts of Shale Drilling: How and Why, report by the Multi-State Shale Research Collaborative November 2013

Oil, gas industry creating jobs, but not always at benefit of locals article from WTAE Pittsburgh

MU Researchers Find Fracking Chemicals Disrupt Hormone Function, University of Missouri Health System School of Medicine research findings findings were published in the journal Endocrinology.

The Oil and Gas Industry's Exclusions and Exemptions to Major Environmental Statutes, from Earthworks' Oil & Gas Accountability Project

Chesapeake Appalachia, LLC Clean Water Settlement

EPA scientists are conducting original research and publishing papers that will contribute to the draft report of potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, expected to be released in December 2014. The peer reviewed papers are available here. Future papers will be posted as they become available.   In addition, on December 9 EPA reconvened the study’s Technical Roundtable. Subject-matter experts discussed the outcomes of the 2013 Technical Workshops, stakeholder engagement, and plans for the draft report. The roundtable meeting materials are available here.  In January we’ll announce the date of the public webinar where participants can learn what was discussed.

Virginia Tidewater Communities Educating Themselves on Fracking Issues article in the Chesapeake Bay Journal December 2013

2013 Harrisburg Marcellus Shale Fracking Symposium * Videos and Conference Materials

Shale Energy Boom = Manufacturing Boom? Article by EntreWorks

Water Resource Reporting and Water Footprint from Marcellus Shale Development in West Virginia and Pennsylvania - Downstream Strategies, LLC

Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State’s Water Resources Final Report May 28, 2004 from Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources

Current initiatives / potential legislation for the upcoming 2014 session submitted by Eric Robison

Resource Document for preparation for upcoming 2014 Maryland General Assembly Session by Insight Solutions for discussion at the December 3, 2013 Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Committee meeting

Creating an Economic Diversification Trust Fund: Turning Nonrenewable Natural Resources into Sustainable Wealth for West Virginia - WV Center on Budget & Policy, January 2012

Western Region Issues document submitted by Eric Robison for discussion at the December 3, 2013 Garrett County Shale Gas Advisory Committee meeting

Information about the Water Resources and Fractured Rock Aquifers Act (potential Maryland legislation)

Issue Paper: Groundwater Protection and Unconventional Gas Extraction: The Critical Need for Field-Based Hydrogeological Research by R.E. Jackson, A.W. Gorody, B. Mayer, J.W. Roy, M.C. Ryan, and D.R. Van Stempvoort

Sustainability of Water Resources in the Fractured-Rock Area of Maryland Fact Sheet from Maryland DNR, MDE, and USGS

Garrett County Comprehensive Plan - Water Resources Element

Water Resources and Shale Gas/Oil Production in the Appalachian Basin—Critical Issues and Evolving Development from USGS

Maryland Department of Legislative Services 2014 Legislative Session Schedule

Maryland Department of Legislative Services Overview of the Legislative Process

Citizen Shale's "The Maryland General Assembly and How It Works" Presentation (Thank you to Citizen Shale for providing these resources)

Article about potential shale development in Virginia from Fredericksburg.com

WV Public Radio News Story, titled, "How Much Do We Know About Drilling Horizontal Wells?"

Marcellus Shale Public Health Study website lists updates about the study, upcoming events, and news, as well as provides an opportunity for the public to share comments and experiences

Commissioners appoint new marcellus advisory committee

Draft Best Management Practices for Marcellus Shale Natural Gas released for Public Comment

Center for Sustainable Shale Development

Open Letter from Secretary Robert Summers on Fracking

Recommended Best Management Practices for Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Maryland (February 18, 2013) - As the Departments of Environment, Natural Resources, review Dr. Eshleman’s report and consult with the Advisory Commission, all of the recommendations in that report will be considered. The Departments will evaluate whether to add to, accept, reject, or modify Dr. Eshleman’s suggestions, based on a number of factors, including the opinions of the Advisory Commission, the degree of environmental protection, technical feasibility, practicality, and the Departments’ capacity to implement the recommendations and integrate them into their programs.

Summary of the report's recommended BMPs, prepared by Insight Solutions, a private practice public policy consulting organization.

Released February 2013: Summary of Technical Roundtables on EPA’s Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources, November 14 – 16, 2012. The Roundtables were part of EPA's Study of Hydraulic Fracturing and Its Potential Impact on Drinking Water Resources

EPA Releases Update on Ongoing Hydraulic Fracturing Study 12/21/12.  Press ReleaseProgress Report Webpage EPA's Hydraulic Fracturing Study progress report one-hour public webinar on Thursday, January 3rd, 2013 at 2:00pm EST, and again on Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 12:00pm EST. The webinar will provide project-specific updates that include research approach, status, and next steps. The webinar will also provide updates on five technical roundtables held in November 2012. To register for a public webinar, please visit: http://www.epa.gov/hfstudy/getinvolved.html

Fracking on a Slope: Deep Shale Drilling and its Surface Effects, Article from the Crop Society of America, September 2012

Fracking's Footprint: Scientists Study Impact of Shale Gas Development on Pennsylvania’s Forests, article by Madeline Fisher in Crop Society of America (CSA) News Magazine, July 2012 issue

Dissolved-Methane Concentrations In Well Water In The Appalachian Plateau Physiographic Province Of Maryland, administrative report by Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Resource Assessment Service, Maryland Geological Survey, Minh Phung T. Pham and David W. Bolton, in collaboration with Maryland Department of the Environment, November 1, 2012

Susquehanna Health Joins Geisinger in Marcellus Shale Research Effort, article in newsitem.com on 11/16/2012

2012 Health Effects of Shale Gas Development Conference, Hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health in November.  2010-2011 Conference Videos

FracTracker, website with mapping data "The FracTracker Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding of the impacts of the global shale gas industry by collecting, interpreting, and sharing data and visualizations through our website, FracTracker.org"

Maryland Biological Stream Survey Data Search through Maryland Department of Natural Resources portal

Maryland StreamWaders Data Search through Maryland Department of Natural Resources portal

Geology of the Marcellus Shale, a brochure (8.5" x 14" Legal size) by David K. Brezinski with the Maryland Geological Society for Maryland Department of Natural Resources

August 2012 USGS Report on Dissolved Methane in New York Groundwater

Explore Shale website - interactive view of marcellus shale natural gas development process: a public service media project by Penn State Public Broadcasting and was funded by the Colcom Foundation.

Chesapeake Testing ‘Green’ Fracking Fluids in Shale Wells - Bloomberg News

Marcellus shale gas development: best management practices for Maryland - Update for Maryland Safe Drilling Commission September 28, 2012 by Keith N. Eshleman, Appalachian Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

A Research Guide to the Marcellus and Utica Shales: A project of Carnegie Mellon and the PA State Association of Boroughs.The purpose of this project is to catalog the literature on natural gas extraction by hydraulic fracturing in order to help policymakers and researchers comprehend the existing research on this topic and identify issues for further study.

Hydraulic Fracturing ('Fracking') and Environmental Health Webinar hosted by National Inst. of Environmental Health Sciencesvideo Presentations by Kriesky (powerpoint) & Witter (powerpoint)

Community Health Risk Assessment of Oil and Gas Impacts in Garfield County, CO conducted by the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health

Water Testing Laboratories List compiled by University of Maryland Extension

EPA Completes Drinking Water Sampling in Dimock, Pa.

Garrett County Chamber of Commerce Whitepaper on Marcellus Shale

New Marcellus Shale Education & Training Center open in Williamsport, PA.  Information at http://www.msetc.org/

Marcellus Shale Coalition's Recommended Practices for Site Planning, Development and Restoration April 26, 2012 - Overview - Full Document

Marcellus Shale Electronic Field Guide to help Landowners, Land Managers, and Gas Companies understand terrestrial challenges facing shale gas development, developed by Penn State

Oil & Gas Drilling News from Oil & Gas Journal - Oil, gas and petroleum news and resources. Topics include oil and gas exploration, oil drilling, refining, and processing. The latest oil and gas news, markets and company information. Note: some articles contain subscriber-only content.

Shale Energy: 10 Points Everyone Should Know by American Petroleum Institute, 2012

The Impact of Marcellus Gas Drilling on Rural Drinking Water Supplies - revised By: Elizabeth W. Boyer, Ph.D., Bryan R. Swistock, M.S., James Clark, M.A., Mark Madden, B.S., and Dana E. Rizzo, M.S., Pennsylvania State University, October 2011 (original), revised March 2012

DNR's Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Maryland: A Natural Resource Analysis, presented to the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission 2/27/12

MDE's Current Requirements of Marcellus Shale Development, presented to the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission 2/27/12

Marcellus Shale Coalition Launches Marcellus on Main Street Initiative, an online business directory to connect the natural gas industry with small and medium sized businesses across the region

The Potential Economic & Fiscal Impacts of Natural Gas Production in Western Maryland - A study submitted by the Sage Policy Group on behalf of the Maryland Petroleum Council, March 2012

Recommended Practices Associated with Hydraulic Fracturing Operations - presentation by J. Brami, American Petroleum Institute

API Introduction and API HF Standards for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry - presentation notes by David L. Miller, Director, Standards, February 2012

Marcellus Shale and Maryland - a presentation by Drew Cobbs, MD Petroleum Council on February 7, 2012

Archive of Penn State University Extension webinars focusing on natural gas issues

Fact-Based Regulation for Environmental Protection in Shale Gas Development - A report by energy institute, The University of Texas at Austin, February 2012

Marylanders' Opinions of Natural Gas Development in Western Maryland - a January 2012 poll conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies for the Maryland Petroleum Council Link to the actual poll results

Like Fracking? You'll Love 'Super Fracking' - Oil service companies roll out new technologies to break up more earth more cheaply from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, January 19, 2012

Maryland’s Proposed Stream and Groundwater Baseline Monitoring Plan in the Marcellus Shale Region: 2012 and 2013 Presentation by Bruce Michael, Director, Resource Assessment Service on January 27, 2012 to the Governor's Commission

FracFocus.org established by the industry to inform the public about the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process

How Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights Affect Mortgages - written by Marcie Geffner / Bankrate.com

Fracking in the Marcellus Shale, a four-part series by Patricia Villone gets a behind-the-scenes tour of the newest technology in natural gas exploration.  Part 1 ♦♦♦ Part 2 ♦♦♦ Part 3 ♦♦♦ Part 4

Northwest Savings Bank launched a new website for those who need information about oil and gas rights, leasing, and other factors relating to the Marcellus and Utica Shales.  - OilandGasHelp.com

What America is Thinking on Energy Issues - 70 percent of voters favor more oil and natural gas development (Harris Interactive Poll for the American Petroleum Institute)

The U.S. Energy Department cut its estimate for natural gas reserves in the Marcellus shale formation by 66 percent, citing improved data on drilling and production

The Hydraulic Fracturing Process (HF): Real Concern or Misdirected Focus Concerning Threats to Drinking Water Supplies (DWS) from the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior (2.5 MB file size)

CaRDI Report - The Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction: Key Issues A Research Project sponsored by the Cornell University Department of City & Regional Planning

Fracking Resources from The Network for Public Health Law

Ohio shale drilling spurs job hopes in Rust Belt - AP

Secretary of Energy Advisory Board Shale Gas Production Subcommittee suggests testing air from well drill pads - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

State ignored previous warnings about drilling inspector shortage - WV Gazette-Mail

WV Select Committee on Marcellus Shale Draft Bill Completed - Charleston Daily Mail

EPA Groundwater Investigation In Pavillion, WY

UT study: No direct link between fracking and water contamination - Star-Telegram

Shale Gas Reserves Could Reignite U.S. Economy - Bloomberg

Rapid Oil, Gas Development Can Bring Social Stresses posted 10/28/11 in The State Journal, WV Business Newspaper

Economic Consequences of Marcellus Shale Gas Extraction, A Research Project sponsored by the Cornell University Department of City & Regional Planning

Poll conducted by Gonzales Research & Marketing Strategies for the Maryland Petroleum Council (MPC) regarding Marylanders' opinions on natural gas development

Map of Natural Gas Well Locations in Western Maryland

Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) Study Design Manual - presented by YRWA as a model for baseline water testing in Garrett County at the Commissioners' Advisory Committee meeting 10-25-11.

YRWA Presentation: Garrett County Marcellus Water Quality Monitoring Proposal at the Commissioners' Advisory Committee meeting 10-25-11.

Maryland Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative

Email address to send comments to the Maryland Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission: JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING

Attorney General Warns Maryland Landowners to Check Mortgage Before Signing Mineral Rights Lease

Updated Map of Leased Properties in Garrett County (major waterways and roads included)

Maryland Attorney General's Letter Concerning Dormant Mineral Interests Act, answering questions posed by citizens.

The Marcellus Multiplier, Powering Pennsylvania's Supply Chain, by Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Interior Boosts Marcellus Shale gas estimates, The Hill.

Chief Oil & Gas Video explaining their approach to natural gas development in the Marcellus Shale.

"Fracking" - Rock fracturing's relation to quakes, San Francisco Chronicle.

American Petroleum Institute Workshop on Commitment to Excellence in Hydraulic Fracturing, October 4-5, 2011, Omni William Penn, Pittsburgh, PA.

1987 EPA Report: Fracking Contaminated Drinking Water 
http://www.ewg.org/release/epa-report-fracking-contaminated-drinking-water

Energy In Depth Statement about the New York Times/Environmental Working Group report on hydraulic fracturing affecting fresh water supplies

New York: Preliminary Revised Draft SGEIS on the Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Regulatory Program (July 2011) http://www.dec.ny.gov/energy/75370.html

USGS Slide listing Water Usage by Industry in Pennsylvania

Federal Dept. of Energy Draft Shale Gas Advisory Committee Report:
http://www.shalegas.energy.gov/index.html On this page near the bottom click on "draft 90 day report"

Independent Petroleum Assn. of America response to the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, Shale Gas Production Subcommittee, Ninety Day Report

Leasing Your Land for Natural Gas Drilling - Tips for the Landowner Document from the Maryland Attorney General's Office

Secretary Chu Tasks Environmental, Industry and State Leaders to Recommend Best Practices for Safe, Responsible Development of America's Onshore Natural Gas Resources:

Letter from Secretary Chu to the Dept of Energy's Natural Gas Subcommittee

-  News clip: U.S. Dept. Of Energy Gets Earful On Fracking

Governor O'Malley Announces Study of Marcellus Shale Drilling

A New York Times Article, published in February 2011, indicated that a byproduct of Marcellus Shale Mining operations in the Allegheny River Watershed may be increased radioactivity in both river water and drinking water. To check for this possibility, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority (PWSA) began monitoring the river water at its treatment plant intake and the finished drinking water leaving the plant for major radiological parameters.  PWSA will continue to conduct this sampling, and report the results on its website, monthly for the next 12 months. See http://www.pgh2o.com/index.htm and click on, “PWSA Radiological Survey” for results.

Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing study by Steven G. Osborn, Avner Vengosh, Nathaniel R. Warner, and Robert B. Jackson.

"Hydraulic Fracturing Technology and Practices" Testimony of Robert M. Summers, Ph.D., Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Wednesday May 11, 2011.

Oil and Gas at your door?  A guide for landowners from the Oil & Gas Accountability Project

EIA Energy Kids - Natural Gas from the Energy Information Administration

Written Testimony of Conrad Daniel Volz, DrPH, MPH, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Joint Hearing "Natural Gas Drilling, Public Health and Environmental Impacts", April 12, 2011

Public Health Law Network’s webinar, “Fracking – Is It Just a Dirty Word?: Environmental and Public Health Considerations of Hydrofracturing,” on May 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET. For more information, JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or keep an eye on our webinar page for upcoming registration information.

Drilling Down - Series Published in NY Times.  Articles in the Drilling Down series from The New York Times examine the risks of natural-gas drilling and efforts to regulate this rapidly growing industry.

 

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