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Maryland gas-drilling panel starts 2nd round of work

ANNAPOLIS — A state panel is starting work in Annapolis on a second set of recommendations for natural-gas drilling in western Maryland.

The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission meets Friday afternoon in the House of Delegates Office Building.

Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed the panel last year to minimize any adverse effects from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The drilling technique uses water and chemicals to crack the rock and release the gas.

The Department of Natural Resources is scheduled to present plans for monitoring streams and wells for any ill effects.

The commission’s first report recommended that the state impose a fee on gas leases to fund studies about the impact of drilling. The next set of recommendations due Aug. 1 will cover best practices for exploration and production.

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  1. Look what fracking has done to Appalacia. We can’t allow this to happen in MD. They are fighting it now in upstate New York, AND in Virginia. Fracking literally KILLS people. It pollutes the wells of thousands of citizens who are now drinking lead and other contaminants from their taps. Fracking began in Wyoming an Utah, in areas where there were no people. It may have worked there, but not here in the densely populated east.