ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is urging a cautious approach to natural gas drilling in western Maryland.

A spokesman says O’Malley told local farmers, landowners and environmentalists at a meeting Monday near Grantsville that his administration will consider science and safety assurances in reviewing pending applications to drill in the Marcellus Shale beneath parts of the state’s western panhandle.

The Maryland Petroleum Council is criticizing O’Malley for supporting legislation that would mandate a drilling study, with a report due in August 2013.

The group says the Marcellus Shale can help create jobs and clean energy, and that it shouldn’t take state regulators nearly 2 ½ years to incorporate lessons learned elsewhere.

Spokesman Shaun Adamec says the issuance of drilling permits isn’t contingent on the study.

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

Comments (4)
  1. Bernard Mc Kernan says:

    Of course the oil & gas industry are calling for approval, they are the ones that will benefit the most from raping the land & creating a dead zone of the earth.

  2. connor says:

    I bet Ehrlich would have accepted their bribe money

  3. Mike says:

    Drill Here ! Drill Now ! It’s time to use our own resources.The american middle class is being bleed a slow death with energy costs. Global warming is junk science and only holds the U.S. hostage to the green movement. Wake Up America !!!!! Before it’s to late.

  4. Todd says:

    Thank you Governor O’Malley!!! As a Republican living in Garrett County, I think you may have just earned my next gubernatorial vote!

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