Maryland Researchers Issue Fracking Recommendations

March 18, 2013

Researchers commissioned by a state panel studying natural gas drilling in western Maryland have come up with recommendations.

The researchers studied hydraulic fracturing, which uses sand, water and chemicals to free gas from shale. The technique has sparked an energy boom but is blamed for polluting groundwater.

The authors say that until it can be done safely near drinking water sources, drilling shouldn’t be allowed within 2,000 feet of the surface. They also say wells should be closed-loop systems so that any spills can be contained, and that there should be no net loss of forest land. The report was prepared by researchers at the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science.

No drilling permits can be issued until the panel issues its final report in August 2014.

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  • March 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm
    Original Bob says:
    I wonder if the University of Maryland’s Center for Independence from Middle Eastern Oil, would have come up with the same conclusions?
  • March 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm
    Whodathunkit? says:
    Wow. Maryland has to make sure it's absolutely safe. How about flying, is that absolutely safe? How about driving? 40,000 people die on the roads every year. Maybe they should... read more
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