OAKLAND — A western Maryland county is seeking more information on the local impact of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.
The Times-News of Cumberland reports that the Garrett County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to endorse the findings of a local advisory commission that has been studying the issue. Garrett County holds most of the Marcellus shale gas reserves that could be tapped under regulations recommended by a state panel.
The local panel recommended further exploration of the fiscal impact of gas drilling and its potential effects on public safety, public health and the county’s tourism industry.
Chairman John Quilty says gas recovery holds potential for both new tax revenue and decreased property values.
The three county commissioners also voted to forward the report to their successors, who take office next Tuesday.