MD Releases Health Impact Study

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released on June 28 its Marcellus Shale Public Health Report to a crowd of 50 attendees at Garrett College.  The report concluded that health dangers from fracking include potential contamination from fracking fluid and increased truck traffic and its associated pollution. The report included a series of recommendations that address air and water quality testing and monitoring, 2,000 foot or greater setback requirements, and management and use of flow back water among other items. The report is now in a public comment period, and the recommendations of the report will be relayed to the governor’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative.