Plan would limit fracking near western Maryland lake

Associated Press

A management plan for the Deep Creek watershed seeks to limit hydraulic fracturing for natural gas near Maryland's largest freshwater lake.

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — A management plan for the Deep Creek watershed seeks to limit hydraulic fracturing for natural gas near Maryland's largest freshwater lake.

The plan prepared for presentation Tuesday to the Garrett County Commissioners would prohibit wellheads within more than 41,000 acres around Deep Creek Lake. The watershed comprises about 10 percent of the county.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a drilling technique that includes both horizontal and vertical drilling. The plan wouldn't ban horizontal drilling beneath the watershed; it only seeks to prohibit drilling activity and gas collection on the surface.

The proposal is meant preserve the area's scenic beauty. Any prohibition would require action by the county commissioners.

A separate state commission is devising recommendations for safely allowing hydraulic fracturing in the Marcellus shale underlying far western Maryland.

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs