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Maryland House Approves Study Of Marcellus Shale Drilling

March 28, 2011

The far Western portion of Maryland overlays the Marcellus Shale formation

A 2 year study would be undertaken in Maryland to look at unconventional natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale if a bill passing the House also passes the Senate.  Until that study is completed there would essentially be a moratorium on drilling in the state.

“We need just a time out,” Delegate Heather Mizeur said during a floor debate. “We need to get it right. There are many other states that drilled first and asked questions later. Second chances are expensive. We need to get it right the first time.”

“The House of Delegates voted 98-40 to approve the measure on drilling in the Marcellus Shale region in far western Maryland.  The bill now heads to the Senate.”

Maryland House Bill 852

The Washington Post is also covering this story in an article “Sitting atop huge gas reserve, Maryland debates drilling practice known as fracking.”

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