Garrett County and Natural Gas - Risks and Benefits

A selection of categorized links to allow one to assess the risks and benefits of gas development in Garrett Conty.

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Best Management Practices

Links to studies that discuss the best available management practices that minimize or eliminate hazards associated with gas development.

- 1106 - [December 2, 2014] - Citizen Shale, Citizen Shale - "Citizen Shale Responds to O’Malley’s Decision to Frack in Maryland"
"On November 25, after three years of study assessing the impacts of unconventional shale gas development, Governor O’Malley announced that new and comprehensive regulations will be developed to govern the extraction of natural gas utilizing hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique commonly referred to as fracking, from the Marcellus Shale underlying parts of Garrett and Allegany Counties...."
- 1107 - [September 2013] - Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of the Environment - "Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Study Part II - Best Practices (Draft for Public Comment)"
"No decision has been made about whether hydraulic fracturing should be allowed in Maryland. MDE is proceeding methodically and cautiously to develop stringent regulations that will protect public health and safety, natural resources and the environment in the event hydraulic fracturing is allowed. The draft Best Practices report has been widely recognized as setting an extremely high bar for industry and for being tougher than standards in any other state."
- 1108 - [2013] - Maryland Department of the Environment, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - "Guidelines for Administering Oil and Gas Activity on State Forest Lands"
"The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Forestry (BOF or Bureau) manages Pennsylvania’s 2.2 million-acre state forest system for a variety of uses and values. Among them are scenic beauty, recreational opportunities, timber, plant and animal habitats and the environmentally sound extraction of mineral resources.
The Commonwealth owns surface and subsurface rights on approximately 1,804,000 acres (82%) of state forest land. The Bureau has entered into 123 active lease agreements which encompass approximately 385,940 acres. The leases permit the development of oil and gas resources and/or storage of natural gas.
The objective of this document is to establish and communicate a set of “guidelines” and Best Management Practices (BMPs) that provide consistent, reasonable and appropriate direction for managing oil and gas activity on state forest lands in accordance with the Bureau’s mission. "
- 1109 - [December 19, 2014] - Maryland Department of the Environment, Maryland Department of the Environment - "MARCELLUS SHALE SAFE DRILLING INITIATIVE STUDY - PART III - FINAL REPORT - FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS"
"Governor O’Malley’s Executive Order 01.01.2011.11 established the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative. Its purpose is to assist State policymakers and regulators in determining whether and how gas production from the Marcellus Shale in Maryland can be accomplished without unacceptable risks of adverse impacts to public health, safety, the environment, and natural resources.
This report synthesizes information from the work of the Departments and the Advisory Commission over the past three and a half years and presents the joint findings and recommendations of MDE and DNR, after consideration of the comments of the Advisory Commission. This work required a weighing of competing interests, including the rights of property owners to realize the value of mineral rights beneath their land, the positive impacts on the local economy, the threat to the existing economies that are dependent on tourism and outdoor recreation, the possible climate change impacts, and protection of public health, the environment, and the quality of life enjoyed by the people of Western Maryland."
- 1147 - [February 18, 2013] - Appalachian Laboratory, Keith N. Eshleman & Andrew Elmore - "Recommended Best Management Practices for Marcellus Shale Gas Development in Maryland"
"... The present study of best management practices (BMPs) for Marcellus shale gas development represents an effort to determine what actual practices would provide the maximum protection of Maryland’s environment, natural resources, and public safety should the state decide to move forward with development of this resource in the near future.
We carefully reviewed the current regulations governing unconventional shale gas development in five other states (Colorado, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia), as well as the recommendations of many other expert panels and organizations that have reviewed both regulations and BMPs in these and other states. We visited several well pads as part of three organized field trips that allowed us to gain an important visual perspective of the operations, practices, and challenges involved in conducting MSGD. "
- 1148 - [January 2015] - Planning and Zoning, Garrett County, Debbie Carpenter - "Shale Gas Drilling - Deep Creek Watershed, Surface rilling Constraints, Spatial Analysis Exercise"
"Presentation to the Garrett County Planning Commission on a spatial analysis of the constraints suggested by the Marcellus best practices final report for the Deep Creek watershed. "
- 1149 - [January 2015] - Planning and Zoning, Garrett County, Debbie Carpenter - "Shale Gas Drilling - County-wide, Surface rilling Constraints, Spatial Analysis Exercise"
"Presentation to the Garrett County Planning Commission on a spatial analysis of the constraints suggested by the Marcellus best practices final report for the whole of Garrett County. "
- 1328 - [February 10, 2015] - UOGR, UOGR - "Maryland moves forward on fracturing regulations"
"Maryland state officials planned to draft regulations that would allow hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus shale in West Maryland provided that natural gas producers abide by certain stipulations limiting the risks of water contamination and air pollution.
The decision stemmed from a report concluding a 3-year study by state agencies. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley signed an executive order in June 2011 establishing the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative."