A state study of the possible public health effects of natural gas drilling in far western Maryland will be broad in scope but won’t recommend for or against hydraulic fracturing, the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said Tuesday.
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.
State regulators have given conditional approval to a proposed wind power project in far western Maryland.
Hunter Douglas says it’s adding 250 jobs at its window-blind factory in Cumberland.
Dozens of guests at a western Maryland hotel had to be relocated after a fire broke out inside the building.
A group seeking separate statehood for western Maryland is holding its first official town hall meeting in Cumberland.
The Garrett County Planning Commission is opposing a state plan to strengthen protection of land along the Youghiogheny River in far western Maryland.
Parts of Maryland are seeing some snow. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Garrett and Allegany Counties until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Two to four inches of snow are expected there, but the rest of Maryland will most likely see flurries, if anything at all.
The mountain dwellers of far western Maryland know a lot about snow, but a crippling blizzard spawned last year by Superstorm Sandy taught them a painful lesson in emergency preparedness.
In Western Maryland, it’s already starting to feel a little like winter.
The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office says two men and a 17-year-old boy shot at cats with blowgun darts in communities along Georges Creek south of Frostburg.
Hunters in far Western Maryland killed 41 black bears Monday, topping the previous record of 38 in a single day.