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MOUNTAIN LAKE PARK, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Mountain Lake Park is telling natural gas drilling companies to stay away.

The Town Council unanimously approved an ordinance Thursday that bans the creation of new gas wells within the town of 2,100.

The vote is in response to the gas industry’s interest in tapping the Marcellus Shale, a vast geological formation underlying parts of Allegany and Garrett counties.

Drilling companies obtain gas from the shale through a process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that creates toxic wastewater.

Proponents say drilling could bring economic growth to far western Maryland and wealth to private landowners.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (4)
  1. Chris says:

    “Proponents say drilling could bring economic growth to far western Maryland and wealth to private landowners.”

    Yes, so the gas company can get richer and give toxic drinking water in return. Look at what is happening in PA. I’m glad to see this town stand up and say no.

  2. Mia Koerner says:

    We in NY face the same dilemna. I wish our town would get smart and see that the carrot held before them is not going to give us anything but noise, air and water pollution. Our home values have plummeted in upstate NY.. We pay high taxes but have not gotten the protection for our home turf as yet. We hope the new governor Cuomo will protect what G-d loaned to us.

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