Balancing Issues

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

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

The Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health has posted the draft scoping document for the public health study for comment at  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

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

2013 Harrisburg Marcellus Shale Fracking Symposium * Videos and Conference Materials

Shale Energy Boom = Manufacturing Boom? Article by EntreWorks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

WYPR Public Radio Series on Marcellus Shale with Joel McCord.  The Garrett County portion is in the 3rd segment.

Utica Shale - The Natural Gas Giant Below Marcellus?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Marcellus Shale Community Website

Annual Energy Outlook 2011 Early Release Overview, US Energy Information Administration

Report on Implications of Marcellus Shale Gas Driling on Conserved Land - Maryland DNR, December 2010

Developing America’s Unconventional Gas Resources - Benefits and Challenges A Report of the CSIS Energy & National Security Program  Full Report (1.3 MB)    Part 1 (570 KB)     Part 2 (477 KB)     Part 3 (329 KB)

Marcellus Shale Gas Development: Reconciling Shale Gas Development with Environmental Protection, Landowner Rights, and Community Needs.  July 2010, Report of the Environmental Policy Workshop, July 2010. University of Maryland School of Public Policy.  Full Report (>5 MB)     Part 1 (440 KB)          Part 2 (525 KB)         Part 3 (620 KB)         Part 4 (435 KB)          Part 5 (520 KB)         Part 6 (680 KB)          Part 7 (670 KB)          Part 8 (570 KB)

The Shale Down There - Maryland Morning radio interview 12-7-10

Follow Up to The Shale Down There Interview

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