Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Advisory Group

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

Next Meeting: (generally the 2nd Tuesday of the month)

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Garrett County Health Department First Floor Meeting Room, 1025 Memorial Drive, Oakland, MD 21550

Call in: 1-415-655-0003  Access code: 644 990 910


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

Subgroup presentation slides

The public is invited to attend.

Upcoming SGAG Meetings:

July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11

MDE Schedules Public Meetings to Discuss New Oil & Gas Regulations

Maryland Department of the Environment ("the Department") will be holding three public meetings to discuss the development of new regulations for oil and gas exploration and production. The Department is required by State law to adopt new regulations to provide for the hydraulic fracturing of a well for the exploration or production of natural gas by October 1, 2016.

The public meetings are scheduled for:

  • Wednesday, June 22, 6-8 pm @ Allegany College, Continuing Education Building, 12401 Willowbrook Road, SE, Room CE 12-14, Cumberland, MD 21502
  • Monday, June 27, 6-8 pm @ MDE Headquarters, Montgomery Park, 1800 Washington Blvd, first floor conference rooms, Baltimore, MD 21230
  • Wednesday, June 29, 6-8 pm @ Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road, Auditorium (Room 715), McHenry, MD 21541

The Department had proposed regulations for oil and gas exploration and production on January 9, 2015. Since the close of the comment period on the 2015 proposal, the Department has been reviewing the 2015 proposal to ensure that it protects public health, safety, the environment, and natural resources while avoiding unnecessary barriers to responsible development of the State's natural gas resources.

The Department has developed several "issue papers" that discuss specific topics that generated extensive interest when the Department proposed regulations in January 2015. The issue papers describe the Department's current thinking with respect to key issues from the 2015 proposal. Each issue paper includes an overview of the requirements included in the 2015 proposal and the Department's tentative suggestions for revising those requirements.

These issue papers will be released prior to the first public meeting on June 22. A separate email will be sent alerting you to the availability of the issue papers. The three public meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the issue papers. Additionally, comments may be submitted via email or paper mail. Directions on providing comments via email or paper mail will be included in the separate email when the issue papers are released.

Based on continuing review and evaluation of the comments received on the issue papers, the Department will propose a revised set of regulations in the Maryland Register in advance of the October 1, 2016 promulgation deadline. Following proposal, the Department will provide an additional 30-day written comment period before taking any final action on the regulations.

Any questions should be directed to Jeffrey Fretwell - JLIB_HTML_CLOAKING or 410-537-3537.

Meeting History:

May 10, 2016  *  Agenda *  Meeting minutes will be posted when approved

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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