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.READ MORE: New Innovative Academic Building Opens At Loyola University Maryland
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.READ MORE: Classroom Concerns: 16,559 Students Quarantined, 4,042 Confirmed Student Covid-19 Cases In Maryland Schools
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.MORE NEWS: SEE IT: Crowds Turn Violent At Six Flags America Over The Weekend
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