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Western Maryland town eyes ban on natural gas drilling

MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK — The western Maryland town of Mountain Lake Park is considering a ban on drilling for natural gas within its boundaries.

The town of 2,100 sits atop part of the Marcellus Shale, a geological structure that is yielding natural gas in other states through a process called hydraulic fracturing.

Mayor Leo Martin says he introduced the proposal Thursday to protect the town. A public hearing is set for February.

The measure is modeled after one Pittsburgh has adopted amid reports that the drilling technique has contaminated water and reduced property values in parts of Pennsylvania.

Maryland regulators are considering applications from Tulsa, Okla.-based Samson Resources to drill four natural gas wells in western Maryland.