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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water Testing Laboratories List compiled by University of Maryland Extension

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

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

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

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

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

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

EPA Groundwater Investigation In Pavillion, WY

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

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.

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

1987 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

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.

STRONGER Review of Pennsylvania Hydraulic Fracturing, Sept. 2010

STRONGER Reviews of State Hydraulic Fracturing

New website to be used by most of the industry to disclose frac fluids by well site

Range Resources Voluntary Frack Fluid Disclosures as filed with DEP in Pennsylvania

PA DEP Recommended Basic Oil & Gas Pre-Drill Parameters for private well testing

MDE Water Appropriation Permits, the Marcellus Shale, and The Fractured Rock Study presentation to the MSNG Advisory Committee 3/22/2011

Susquehanna River Basin Commission Meeting 12/16/10 in Aberdeen (2 MB)

Effects of Development of a Natural Gas Well and Associated Pipeline on the Natural and Scientific Resources of the Fernow Experimental Forest - This document references Oriskany sandstone natural gas development, but some impacts are similar to Marcellus shale development.

Resource and Environmental Studies on the Marcellus Shale Presentation by Daniel J. Soeder, National Energy Technology Laboratory, US Dept of Energy, Presentation at SRWA Meeting January 6, 2011.  Full Report (5 MB)

Pennsylvania Hydraulic Fracturing State Review, September 2010 by PA Dept of Environmental Protection

Hydraulic Fracturing Considerations for Natural Gas Wells of the Marcellus Shale, Presented at The Ground Water Protection Council 2008 Annual Forum, September 2008

State Review of Oil & Natural Gas Environmental Regulations (STRONGER) - Website includes a review of the Pennsylvania Hydraulic Fracturing under the "State Reviews" section.

Susquehanna River Basin Commission

Pennsylvania Energy Impacts Assessment Executive Summary

Marcellus Shale Natural Gas and Wind Energy by Nels Johnson, The Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania Chapter Full Report available at this website.

Riverkeeper, NY's Clean Water Advocate website

Fractured Communities: Case Studies of the Environmental Impacts of Industrial Gas Drilling Full Report (>5 MB) Part 1 (675 KB)          Part 2 (544 KB)         Part 3 (471 KB)      Part 4 (454 KB)          Part 5 (492 KB)         Part 6 (508 KB)

Water Management Technologies Used by Marcellus Shale Gas Producers - Submitted by: John A. Veil, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL.  Prepared for: United States Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory, July 2010 Full Report (>2MB in size) Download the .pdf in smaller sections: Section 1 (602 KB)            Section 2 (363 KB)             Section 3 (359 KB)            Section 4 (576 KB)            Section 5 (281 KB)

Natural Gas PA video:  Can Frac Fluid Migrate into Drinking Water?

USGS Fact Sheet 2009-3032: Water Resources and Natural Gas Production from the Marcellus Shale

USGS Fact Sheet 2009-3009: Sustainability of Water Resources in the Fractured-Rock Area of Maryland

Additional information from the author of USGS Fact Sheet 2009-3009


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