Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Group

Garrett County Board of County Commissioners Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Group (SGAG)

Next Meeting:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Garrett County Health Department First Floor Meeting Room, 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550

Call in information: Join by phone 1-415-655-0003 Access code: 642 771 476

The public is invited to attend.

Meeting History:

March 15, 2017  *  Agenda

For legislative discussion:

    • Municipalities and Counties - Local Roads - Regulation of Travel by Heavy-Weight Vehicles

Senator Edwards  - SB 0640

Delegate Beitzel  -  HB 0930

    • Fracking Bills – listed on link below

October 11, 2016 * Agenda * Minutes

Proposed MDE Regulations Review Discussion Package presented by John Quilty

Final SGAG Comments on Proposed MDE Regulations submitted to the Commissioners

September 13, 2016 * Agenda * Minutes

August 9, 2016 * Agenda * Minutes

July 12, 2016  *  Agenda *  Minutes

Regulations Review Subgroup Discussion--- Final Review of MSGAG Comments on the MDE “Issue Papers”

Final draft of MSGAG Comments on MDE "Issue Papers"

June 14, 2016  *  Agenda *  Minutes

The Draft Scope of Work for Economic Study will be discussed.

Subgroup presentation slides

May 10, 2016  *  Agenda * Meeting minutes

April 12, 2016  *  AgendaMeeting minutes

Downstream Strategies Presentation

Subgroup Presentation

March 8, 2016  *  AgendaMeeting minutes

Subgroup Presentations:

Regulations Review Subgroup Discussion
Draft Comparison of 2015 Proposed MDE Regulations and PA/WV/OH Oil & Gas Regulations
Draft Comparison of Public Health Study and 2015 Proposed MDE Regulations with Comments
Draft - Correlating State-Assessed Risks with Risk-Mitigating Regulations

February 9, 2016  *  Agenda * Meeting minutes

Downstream Strategies Brainstorm Scope of Work Document Draft

Regulations Review Subgroup Presentation

January 12, 2016 * Meeting AgendaMeeting minutes

Downstream Strategies Presentation

December 22, 2015 * Meeting Agenda * Meeting minutes

Downstream Strategies Bid Proposal for scoping for the study for Unconventional Natural Gas Development's Potential Economic Impact on tourism/second homes/real estate/outdoor recreation.

November 9, 2015 * Meeting Agenda Meeting minutes

October 15, 2015 * Meeting Agenda * No meeting minutes recorded - no quorum

September 8, 2015 * Meeting Agenda * Meeting Minutes

August 11, 2015 * Meeting Agenda * Meeting Minutes

July 14, 2015 * Meeting Agenda * Meeting Minutes

June 7, 2015 * Meeting Agenda * Meeting Minutes

EPA Study referenced in agenda
SGAG Considerations from Pete V.
Draft Transportation Issues Matrix Design

May 12, 2015 * Meeting Agenda * Meeting Minutes

Presentation: WV Host Farms Visit Observations by John Quilty and Paul Durham
Link to Pennsylvania Posted/Bonded Road Website discussed in the meeting

April 7, 2015 * Meeting Agenda * Meeting Minutes

March 24, 2015 * Meeting Agenda * Meeting Minutes

Handout: Introduction to Robert's Rules of Order
Handout: Maryland Open Meetings Act Chapter Four: Open and Closed Meetings
Handout: JQ Ramblings: Some Questions About Our Tasking on Regulations - prepared by John Quilty

The Board of Garrett County Commissioners, by appropriate action on Monday, March 2, 2015, voted to officially appoint seven members to serve on the Board of County Commissioners Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Group.

The Board of County Commissioners of Garrett County supports safe and responsible drilling of Marcellus Shale Gas reserves and believes it is important for such drilling to be done in a way that affords protection of our valuable natural resources, and more importantly our citizens.

The Group's members will review, advise, recommend, and support final decisions that the Board may adopt relative to the premise that responsible drilling and extraction of natural gas will occur in Garrett County.  The Group will research, analyze, opine, and provide updates to the Board on the following areas:

  • Transportation during drilling operations to include hours permitted
  • State of Maryland and County permitting review and approval
  • Bonding and agreement for County roadways
  • Informative updates and presentations to the Garrett County Planning Commission
  • Meet, confer, and review Department of the Environment Draft Regulations and provide input to the Board on potential omissions, additions, compliance, and regulatory matters

Reports from the former Shale Gas Advisory Committee are available here.


Former Shale Gas Advisory Committees' histories are available here.



To submit comments to the group, email Chair Cheryl DeBerry at JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or call 301-334-6968.


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