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Watershed  Association

Communications: Marcellus Shale Drilling Issues

  • Chris King is the Maryland DNR contact for monitoring.
  • Stream Monitoring Coalition (MMC) Training Slides.
  • MMC Training Overview and Site Selection Guidelines.
  • Notes from SRWA Nov 18, 2010 Meeting. Follow-up communication.
  • Environmental Research on Natural Gas Production from the Marcellus Shale presented by Daniel Soeder, US Department of Energy, Jan 6, 2010, at Frostburg State University. (Note: PDF is 5mb.)
  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources: Report on Implications of Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling on Conserved Land.
  • SRWA Position on Marcellus Shale -- Jan 20, 2011
  • Testimony on HB-852.
  • Follow-ups: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
  • Benthic Data from 2012
  • No More Drilling in the Dark: Exposing the Hazards of Natural Gas Production and Protecting America’s Drinking Water and Wildlife Habitats

    By Richard Forest, Energy Specialist  Published August 2011 by National Wildlife Federation

    All energy development activities have environmental impacts: we should pursue those energy options that are the least damaging to human health and the environment, including habitats and wildlife. Unfortunately, natural gas exploitation is taking place today in a rushed manner, before all the safeguards have been properly put in place, including adequate inspection systems and monitoring procedures. This report provides an overview of unconventional gas drilling and the key concerns and potential threats that such drilling raises for America’s land, water, air, and wildlife. It also provides a number of recommendations for addressing and reducing related environmental impacts.

  • Learning Too Late of Perils in Gas Well Leases

    By Ian Urbina & Jo Craven McGinty   Published in New York Times on December 1, 2011

    After Scott Ely and his father talked with salesmen from an energy company about signing the lease allowing gas drilling on their land in northeastern Pennsylvania, he said he felt certain it required the company to leave the property as good as new. So Mr. Ely said he was surprised several years later when the drilling company, Cabot Oil and Gas, informed them that rather than draining and hauling away the toxic drilling sludge stored in large waster ponds on the property, it would leave the waste, cover it with dirt and seed the area with grass. He knew that waste pond liners can leak, seeping contaminated waste... 

  • Going Green: Environment, energy, living green, conservation and more in Baltimore, the Chesapeake Bay and beyond 

    Chesapeake Bay Foundation video: One of the sites filmed is a natural gas processing center in the town of Accident in Garrett County, MD. Though not directly related to the debate over hydraulic fracturing, the compressor station is often mentioned by gas industry supporters as an example of the industry's benign environmental footprint.  Pelton reports that the facility reported to the MD Department of Environment that it released 1,038 tons of methane in 2010, more than double the 483 tons of methane it reported releasing in 2009.

  • ‘Fracking’ revenue looms large

    By Greg Masters Capital News Service  Published in The Daily Record November 27, 2011

    Maryland lawmakers are starting to debate how much “severance tax” should be imposed on the natural gas that might be produced from the Marcellus Shale rock formation in western Maryland. Though it is not clear when, or even whether, Maryland will allow drilling in the Marcellus Shale using the controversial gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” an advisory commission created by Gov. Martin O’Malley to develop recommendations is already considering potential sources of revenue for the state from natural gas production...

  • Officials Push for Clarity on Oil and Gas Leases

    By Ian Urbina Published in New York Times on November 24, 2011

    Federal lawmakers, bank regulators and law enforcement officials are broadening their efforts to ensure that the growing number of oil and gas leases being signed by landowners across the country comply with mortgage rules and do not create new risks for lenders, appraisers or landowners. Leases often allow certain activities, like storing hazardous waste on a property, that are expressly forbidden by mortgages because they can harm resale values. Such activities also violate rules set by institutions like Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Farmer Mac, which buy mortgages from banks...

  • Possible Action:

    Those interested in sending comments or questions to the MD Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission may do so at: msac@mde.state.md.us