WAMU 88.5 : News

Public Input Welcome At Fracking Meeting In Western Maryland

Play associated audio

Residents of western Maryland will get an update later today from a group looking at the impact of natural gas drilling in the region.

The Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission, a panel studying the effects of natural gas drilling in western Maryland, is holding a meeting at 6 p.m. tonight in McHenry, according to the Associated Press. The state Department of the Environment says the meeting at Garrett College will keep residents apprised of the panel's work, and will also give those who were unable to attend daytime meetings but still want to make public comment a chance to have their say.

The commission was created to help policymakers and regulators determine whether or how the practice known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can be done without unacceptable risk to public health and the environment.

Opponents of fracking, which involves injecting a proprietary mix of water and chemicals into cracks in the shale formation in order to release natural gas, say it poses a danger to the environment and could compromise the tourism industry in the area. Supporters say the production of natural gas would be an economic boon to the local energy industry.

The commission has until the end of the year to produce a draft report on best practices. The overall final report on the impact of gas drilling is in 2014.

NPR

Comic-Con Fans Continue The Epic Battle Between Science And Fiction

Fans of science fiction have long wrestled with the question of just how much science should be in their fiction. Advocates of different approaches met at San Diego's Comic-Con.
NPR

Scraped, Splattered — But Silent No More. Finally, The Dinner Plate Gets Its Say

Instagram is the Internet's semi-obsessive, borderline-creepy love letter to food. But behind every great meal is a plate doing a pretty-OK job. So a comedian made an Instagram to celebrate plates.
NPR

Leaked Democratic Party Emails Show Members Tried To Undercut Sanders

Just days before the Democratic National Committee convention gets underway, WikiLeaks releases almost 20,000 emails among DNC staff, revealing discussions of topics from Bernie Sanders to the media.
NPR

Making The Cloud Green: Tech Firms Push For Renewable Energy Sources

Few people can demand what kind of electricity they get. But Microsoft and Facebook, which operate huge, power-hungry data centers, are trying to green up the electricity grid with their buying power.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.