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


These are links that discuss various impacts that gas development has on social and economic structures.

- 1004 - [August 13, 2014] - Garrett County Board of Realtors, Larry Smith - "Comments on Draft Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan - Specific Comments on Gas Drilling in the Lake Watershed"
"The proposed Deep Creek Lake Watershed Management Plan includes provisions that support the drilling for natural gas, particularly through the development of the Marcellus Shale geologic formation and the issue commonly known as "fracking". The Garrett County Board of REALTORS· opposes gas drilling in the lake watershed.
Our research has discovered a number of studies that clearly demonstrate the negative effect that gas drilling has on property values, in particular those properties in close proximity to gas well pads and infrastructure. Two of the most recent studies show a negative impact to property values of between -5% and -22% for properties within 1 to 1.5 km (.9 mile) of gas development."
- 1005 - [April 01, 2013] - Bay Journal, Rona Kobell - "Study lists significant negative impacts of gas drilling in MD"
"A new study warns that drilling for natural gas in the sliver of Marcellus Shale that stretches across Western Maryland could cause significant problems for the region's forests, water quality and water quantity.
Heavy truck traffic on local roads, noise and odors emanating from drilling sites, conflicts with outdoor recreation, diminished tourism, reduced biodiversity, and deterioration of air and water quality are some examples of the types of impacts that are likely even under the best of circumstances."
- 1156 - [January 24, 2015] - TribLive | Business, Katelyn Ferral - "Energy industry says it's on top of methane leaks, but environmentalists want oversight"
"Harnessed and burned, methane can power a city — but when it leaks from a well into the air, methane pollutes badly.
That cost-benefit balance is a cornerstone of debate between environmentalists who say emissions from gas drilling are rampant and dangerous, and the oil and gas industry that says it's under control.
Gas producers, researchers and state officials say drillers are adopting advanced technology to eliminate leaks from gas production sites and pipelines.
The state defines a leak as occurring when the concentration of methane detected in the air is more than 2.5 percent, according to the Department of Environmental Protection. Methane can be explosive when levels in the air reach 5 percent."
- 1225 - [NA] - National Academies of Sciences, Thomas Webler, Gabrielle Wong-Parodi, Andrei L. Israel and Paul C. Stern - "Concerns about Shale Gas Risks among Interested and Affected Parties"
Interested and affected parties have a broad range of concerns about shale gas development.
While some of the concerns identified have received careful study, others, including some that were cited quite often, have received little analytic attention.
Intangibles are important elements of public concern (quality of life, quality of information, justice issues).
Concerns go beyond NIMBYism (e.g., climate, ecosystems).
A major underlying issue seems to be a lack of trust that current institutions will protect people and the environment from whatever risks shale gas development may pose."
- 1249 - [NA] - The Center for Rural Pennsylvania, The Center for Rural Pennsylvania - "YOUTH PERSPECTIVES ON MARCELLUS SHALE GAS DEVELOPMENT: COMMUNITY CHANGE AND FUTURE PROSPECTS - The Marcellus Impacts Project Report #4"
"This research examined the perspectives of youth in Pennsylvania communities that have experienced active Marcellus Shale natural gas development. The data were gathered during focus group discussions with educators and youth in 2013 in the northern tier Pennsylvania counties of Bradford and Lycoming, and the southwest counties of Washington and Green. These focus groups were conducted as part of a larger, multi-sector case study assessment of Marcellus Shale development impacts. The focus groups discussed Marcellus-related community change, workforce development, youth career, educational and residential aspirations, and the ways in which schools were perceived to be affected by and/or responding to Marcellus-related community change. In this research, the focus was on several particular topical areas, including youth perceptions of community change, curricular offerings and workforce development in response to Marcellus Shale development, and youth aspirations for future residence, educational attainment and career paths, and how these aspirations may or may not be shaped by the changes youth see around them that they associate with gas industry development."
- 1593 - [March 13, 2015] - Natural gas Now, Tom Shepstone - Natural gas Now - "Fracking and Tourism Growing Together in Bradford County"
"Fracking and tourism, contrary to the speculation of fractivists, can and do grow together. Bradford County, Pennsylvania tourism numbers prove it.
...Like most fractivists, Wes feels no compulsion to offer anything in the way of argument beyond his own baseless speculation. Facts are strictly optional. Unfortunately for Wes, though, there are facts–plenty of facts–and they show the exact opposite of what he speculates."
- 1638 - [September 23, 2014] - Morningstar, Mark P. Hanson - "Shale Shock - How the Marcellus Shale Transformed the Domestic Natural Gas Landscape and What It Means for Supply in the Years Ahead"
"Over the course of just a few years, the Marcellus Shale has gone from being a promising upstart to the undisputed champion of U.S. natural gas production. The speed with which it accomplished this feat has been nothing short of astounding—growing from 2% of domestic supply in 2007 to a little less than 20% by the end of 2013—and has kept forecasters on their toes trying to keep pace with ever-improving well results and production rates that continue to climb despite a sharp pullback in rig activity."
- 1639 - [February 2014] -, Chris Pedersen - "Marcellus Shale Continues to Prove Analysts Wrong"
"The impact of the Marcellus shale formation on domestic natural gas supply is difficult to overstate. The speed and volume in developing this formation is astonishing. In 2007, Marcellus supplied only 2 percent of domestic supply in the U.S. By the end of 2013 it accounted for nearly 20 percent of total supply. The EIA predicts the formation will produce an average of 15.9 billion cubic feet of gas per day in September, nearly a quarter of all U.S. production. If Marcellus had one constant trait, it would be that it has continued to prove ‘experts’ wrong or extremely conservative in their projections of the formation’s output."
- 1932 - [May 25, 2015] - Casper Star Tribune OnLine, Benjamin Storrow - "Pavillion: The town a fracking controversy destroyed"
"Tex and Dale Frazier try to stay out of the controversy that has plagued this community for the past decade. The couple opened the Lucky Duck, a diner, in October. In a town of roughly 230 people, they can scarcely afford to alienate any neighbors."