Storm warnings have been posted for two possible sources of energy and jobs for the Maryland economy.
With the regulatory future of hydraulic fracturing very much in doubt in Maryland, energy companies are backing away from hundreds of ground leases covering more than 120,000 acres in Garrett and Allegany counties that would have allowed them to drill into the Marcellus Shale, a mile-deep storehouse of natural gas.
For some, a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Western Maryland is not enough. A Montgomery County delegate says Maryland has all the information it needs to ban fracking right now.
At the highest point atop his 500 acres, Delvin E. Mast points across the valley, where — six generations ago — his family first started farming in Garrett County.
The Eye on Annapolis Podcast returns with the latest on the gambling and gay marriage ballot questions and the key difference in their fundraising techniques.
Necessity, it is said, is the mother of invention, and after a long summer of heat and drought, protecting the supply of well water at our rural property in Garrett County is definitely a necessity.
While you're getting ready for some football tonight, here are some government and politics headlines to get you caught up ...
With time ticking away and still no money to pay for scientific studies of hydraulic fracturing, a Montgomery County lawmaker plans to ensure natural gas companies don’t run out the clock on a drilling moratorium ordered by Gov. Martin O’Malley.
HAGERSTOWN — A panel studying the impact of natural gas drilling in western Maryland is holding a meeting to update residents on its work. The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission meets Monday night in McHenry. The Maryland Department of the Environment says the nighttime meeting at the Garrett College auditorium is intended to give residents an […]
PITTSBURGH — Critics say a new order from Gov. Tom Corbett will pressure state employees to more quickly approve environmental permits, including Marcellus Shale gas wells and projects that involve sensitive wetlands or ecosystems. The order, signed July 24, is described as a “Permit Decision Guarantee” for the Department of Environmental Protection. Environmental advocates say [&hel[...]
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania appellate court panel on Thursday struck down provisions in a new law regulating the state’s booming natural gas industry that opponents said would leave municipalities defenseless to protect homeowners, parks and schools from being surrounded by drilling sites or waste pits. The decision was a defeat for Gov. Tom Corbett […]
Another news report says the natural gas industry has been backing university scientific studies that reach conclusions favorable to continued fracking — though the studies’ connection to the industry aren’t at all apparent. ...