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Md. county wants more info on fracking’s economic impact

FRIENDSVILLE — The Garrett County Commissioners say they want an objective study of the potential economic impact of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas in western Maryland.

The Cumberland Times-News reports that board members expressed support for such a study Monday after hearing from some businesses near Deep Creek Lake that depend largely on tourism and second-home buyers.

An economic study done last year by Towson University said there is a dearth of usable data about the impact of fracking in tourist areas

Commissioners Chairman Paul Edwards says the board is trying to find the money to fund a study.

The state legislature is considering proposals to restrict or temporarily prohibit fracking in Maryland. Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says he’ll take a hard look at any legislation that passes.