The natural gas bonanza that has enriched some Appalachian states has so far eluded western Maryland as market forces and a drawn-out state review of the drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing have weakened the region’s appeal to the energy industry.
Some people concerned about the effects of natural gas drilling in western Maryland are proposing a fund to compensate those whose livelihoods or property values are diminished by drilling.
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“It’s very, very affordable, less than two dollars a gallon,” says Kelly Blue Book analyst Alec Gutierrez. “It get’s you HOV access in states like California. But, the big, big hurdle is the infrastructure isn’t quite available yet.”
A federal court has ruled in favor of Dominion Transmission in its bid to build a natural gas compressor station in Myersville.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is studying the possible public health effects of natural gas drilling in the western part of the state.
The Energy Department on Wednesday gave Dominion Resources permission to export liquefied natural gas from its southern Maryland terminal to countries that don’t have free trade agreements with the United States.
A Virginia energy cooperative is proposing construction of a new natural gas-fired power plant near Rising Sun in northeastern Maryland.
A Virginia-based energy company is submitting a 12,000-page application to federal regulators to build a $3.4 billion plant in southern Maryland to export liquefied natural gas.
Maryland lawmakers seeking to block the gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing have struck out in the General Assembly.
BGE crews demolished a decommissioned natural gas storage tank near the Jones Falls Expressway and Cold Spring Lane Sunday.
Bills have been introduced in the House and Senate calling for a state moratorium on the natural gas drilling technique called fracking until studies are completed on its impact.