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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Links to news articles dated prior to 2013

- 1006 - [August 14, 2012] - Appalachian Independent, Jeff Davis - "Friends of Deep Creek Lake are not Friends of Fracking"
"Sponsored by the Friends of Deep Creek Lake (, various speakers addressed the audience as a means of providing information and opinions on the gas-drilling boom that is heading to western Maryland.
The panel for this Saturday morning gathering was comprised of local residents with a vested interest in Garrett County, and Deep Creek Lake in particular. Speakers included a lawyer for the Department of Environment who lives part-time at Deep Creek Lake, lake business owners, a realtor, and a local farmer who owns extensive acreage."
- 1036 - [September 13, 2009] - The Baltimore Sun, Joe Burris - "Gas-drilling Land Deals In State Yet To Pay Off - Leases In Garrett, Allegany Torn Up Amid Falling Market"
"The group was among the hundreds of county landowners who around this time last year signed lease agreements giving energy companies the right to drill in search of Marcellus Shale, a sedimentary rock containing natural gas deposits. With natural gas prices high, companies rushed to sign area residents to the agreements - one group that signed up had 500 landowners who owned more than 36,000 acres. And talk abounded of a windfall that would enrich residents and boost local economies.
One year later, however, those hopes have been placed on hold. Many companies exercised 90-day options to back out of the lease agreements when the economy and natural gas prices went south."
- 1037 - [July 29, 2011] - Gazette.Net, NA - "Marylanders living above Marcellus shale wait on advisory commission study - Drilling risks worth economic payoff, landowner says"
"A mile under Marshall Stacy’s Garrett County Christmas tree farm, quite a bit of money lurks. Natural gas, hibernating deep in the shale rock is what Stacy hopes will be his family’s long-term financial reward. But even though the state next week will undertake a study into the benefits and drawbacks of drilling into the Marcellus shale, Stacy knows any payday is probably a ways off."
- 1038 - [May 17. 2011] - U.S. Water Alliance, Ben Grumbles - "Drill, Maybe, Drill!"
"The friction over “fracking” (specifically hydraulic fracturing for natural gas) underscores the growing need for energy security and environmental sustainability to be in balance rather than in battle and to keep water in mind through it all.
But the "Shale Rush," prompted by technology breakthroughs in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing over the last decade or so, can raise significant questions about the drilling boom’s large footprint on the landscape and the cumulative impact of operations on air, water, wildlife, and public health. Water is a particular concern since as much as 5 million gallons may be used at each site to fracture the organic-rich, tightly-compacted shale to recover valuable natural gas. Large amounts of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, and injected under intense pressure (10,000 psi), can mean potential issues down under, downstream, or downwind."
- 1039 - [August 8, 2012] - Appalachian Independent, NA - "Friends of Deep Creek Lake are not Friends of Fracking"
"On a bright and early Saturday morning just past, an overflow crowd of about 100 people poured into a Garrett County community college classroom to hear a forum in regard to the issue of natural-gas drilling and fracking in Maryland.
'The consensus of the panel and audience was certainly not an attitude of trying to obtain an outright ban on drilling. Their purpose was more to look at both the positives and negatives that will result from such an endeavor. While there was acknowledgment of many economic benefits, a repeated sentiment from those present reflected more of an apprehension of how the total process would affect the lifestyle and beauty of Garrett County; a sense of Joni Mitchell’s lament, 'You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.'"
- 1040 - [April 1, 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.
The report, which the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science prepared, does not take a stand on whether to allow drilling. Instead, it makes several recommendations on best practices to help Maryland avoid problems that have surfaced in Pennsylvania."
- 1153 - [September 20, 2012] -, Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer - "Shale-gas industry pros - and protesters - will converge in Philly"
"The Marcellus Shale natural-gas industry has not exactly enjoyed a warm civic embrace in Philadelphia, where City Council last year famously called for a moratorium on drilling because of environmental worries.
The 2,000 participants at the three-day conference will generate $5.5 million in economic activity for the region, according to the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau."
- 1387 - [NA] - The Washington Post, Darryl Fears - "Maryland county caught up in fight over energy extraction method"
"In their sliver of western Maryland, Garrett County residents like to boast of night skies so clear that you can see satellites lumber across the heavens, a picturesque deep creek that is the state's largest inland body of water, and adventure tourism that Indiana Jones types love.
But land speculators who showed up in the county in 2008 with offers to lease farm acres had other interests. Their eyes were set on a valuable resource deep underground: natural gas deposits buried in thick layers of Marcellus Shale, a black, organic-rich shale found under the Appalachian region. "