Landowner Resources

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

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

Center for Sustainable Shale Development

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

Water Testing Laboratories List compiled by University of Maryland Extension

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

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.  -

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

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

Interior Boosts Marcellus Shale gas estimates, The Hill.

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

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



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





WV Farm Bureau Proposals Regarding Surface Owner Protection and Compensation


Natural Gas Lease Forms and Addendum

MD Dormant Mineral Interests Act Fact Sheet

A Summary of Key Provisions of the MD Dormant Mineral Interests Act

Water Testing available through the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene at the Garrett County Health Department. Click here for contact information.

Oil & Gas Lease online search: Maryland Land Records
Sign up for an account, then you can search the records for any leases on your land (or anyone else's land) by name or by gas company name. Consult your attorney if you are considering leasing your land.

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