WHEELING, W.Va. — Move aside, Marcellus and Utica shales, and make way for a new player in the natural gas bonanza: the Devonian Shale. Earlier this month, Consol Energy became the third company to successfully extract natural gas from the Devonian, following Rex Energy Corp. and Range Resources Corp. The company’s drilling attempt took place […]
A few government and politics headlines for Monday.
An environmental advocacy group is crying foul over a report commissioned by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources that it says shows the state is readying regulations to allow hydraulic fracturing. State officials say there’s nothing to see here.
PITTSBURGH — A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process moved up to contaminate drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy told The Associated Press. After a year of monitoring, the researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids […]
A politically blue Maryland legislature didn’t score particularly well on green matters in 2013.
The Maryland General Assembly left a number of important environmental issues on the table when it adjourned in April, environmentalists said on Monday.
A few government and politics headlines for Thursday.
A Montgomery County lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing, often called fracking, in next year’s General Assembly session, following the failure of a similar bill in 2013.
A Montgomery County lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would ban hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in next year’s General Assembly session, after a similar bill failed in 2013.
CUMBERLAND — Maryland’s Department of the Environment is seeking public comment on proposed “best practices” for natural gas drilling in western Maryland. The Cumberland Times-News reported Thursday that the comment period runs through Aug. 9. The proposals were developed by a state commission that is recommending rules for hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus shale rock [&hel[...]
The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Department of Natural Resources, in a draft report describing best practices for drilling and production of natural gas in the Marcellus share region of Western Maryland, are recommending that comprehensive planning be required for shale gas development before any drilling permits are issued.
A boom in energy production will be the key to economic growth in the United States, including Maryland, a Baltimore economist said on Monday.