After a long wait, the issue papers on the Marcellus shale regulations were released last week.   As we move through this process, it is imperative that we all participate in some way if we are going to preserve your right to choose to produce your gas.  The information on the public hearings and the addresses for written responses are below.   

The board will met Monday, June 27, 2016, at 4:00 to review and discuss the content and scope of the proposed regulations and craft a response.  We will also be developing a strategy to rally support to counter the ongoing effort to establish a ban or moratorium in the next legislative session.  You are welcome to join us for the discussion.  It is important, though, that we have a substantial turnout at the meeting on June 29, 2016, at the Garrett College auditorium from 6-8 to let it be known that there are supporters of the development of gas production.  

The Maryland Department of the Environment (“the Department”) has developed Marcellus Shale “issue papers” that discuss specific topics that generated extensive interest when the Department proposed new regulations for oil and gas exploration and production in January 2015.  The issue papers describe the Department’s current thinking with respect to key issues from the 2015 proposal.  Each issue paper includes an overview of the requirements included in the 2015 proposal and the Department’s tentative suggestions for revising those requirements. 
These issue papers are attached to this email and will be posted to the Department’s website at  The Department will be holding three public meetings to discuss these issue papers.  The public meetings are scheduled for:  

·         Wednesday, June 22, 6-8 pm @ Allegany College, Continuing Education Building, 12401 Willowbrook Road, SE,  Room CE 12-14, Cumberland, MD 21502

·         Monday, June 27, 6-8 pm @ MDE Headquarters, Montgomery Park, 1800 Washington Blvd, first floor conference rooms, Baltimore, MD 21230

·         Wednesday, June 29, 6-8 pm @ Garrett College, 687 Mosser Road, Auditorium (Room 715), McHenry, MD 21541
The three public meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to provide comments on the issue papers.  Additionally, comments on the issue papers may be submitted via email or paper mail.  Written comments will be accepted through July 18, 2016 by e-mail at or by mail at:
Attn: LMA Director’s Office
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 610
Baltimore, MD 21230
Based on continuing review and evaluation of the comments received on the issue papers, the Department will propose a revised set of regulations in the Maryland Register in advance of the October 1, 2016 promulgation deadline. Following proposal, the Department will provide an additional 30-day written comment period before taking any final action on the regulations.
Any questions should be directed to Jeffrey Fretwell – or 410-537-3537.

Thank you for your continued support.  We will keep you informed as we move forward with this issue.

Bill Bishoff or


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