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.

Garrett County Montage

Facts About Natural Gas Development

Links to information that are purported to be facts.

- 1254 - [2013] - Unknown, Unknown - "Unconventional Natural Gas Development: Pipelines"
"Maryland has nearly 16,000 miles of pipeline. There were 79 “significant incidents” in Maryland from 2002 through 2011, totaling $27,829,363.00 in property damage and causing 2 deaths and 16 injuries.
A review of Maryland’s natural gas regulations has shown serious gaps in its pipeline development and safety standards. There are 3 kinds of pipelines used in transporting natural gas: gathering (production), transmission and distribution lines. ii The Maryland Public Service Commission(PSC) and Department of Environment(MDE) have identified gaps in oversight regarding pipelines. Currently companies self inspect and self report violations and incidents, a protocol that the agencies recognize is not sufficient for protecting the citizens of Maryland."
- 1754 - [April 26, 2009] - ExxonMobil Perspectives, Ken Cohen - "Facts on the hydraulic fracturing process"
"A couple weeks ago, I pointed to a U.K. Parliamentary study that found that hydraulic fracturing – a method that’s enabling greater production of natural gas in shale and other formations – poses no more risk to the environment or water supplies than any other oil and gas production technique.
What’s most important about hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”), the study found, is ensuring that proper well design and water-handling procedures are rigorously applied at every well."