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


Links that pertain to zoning issues

- 1099 - [January 22, 2015] -, Pittsburgh Post Gazette - "Penn Township looks to ban fracking within 600-foot buffer zone"
"Penn Township commissioners voted Monday to relax proposed setback requirements for Marcellus Shale gas drilling, reversing an earlier decision to increase them by hundreds of feet.
Reverting to their initial proposal, commissioners plan to ban hydraulic fracturing operations within a 600-foot buffer zone around homes, schools and businesses on properties encompassing less than a certain acreage. At a work session last week, they agreed to expand that zone to 1,000 feet, citing a desire to increase protections for landowners near proposed drilling sites."
- 1535 - [March 22, 2015] - TribLIVE | Business, David Conti - "Many Pa. municipalities hesitant to regulate drilling through zoning"
"Faced with arguments from gas drilling opponents at nearly every township meeting, officials in Middlesex decided their only chance at settling the contentious issue of where to allow wells was to update the zoning ordinance.
...Despite court rulings that affirmed the rights of such municipalities to regulate some drilling activities through zoning, few communities followed Middlesex's path over the past three years. Municipal leaders say that might change soon, though."