Overview of the Public Health Study
On June 6, 2011, Governor O'Malley issued Executive Order (E.O.) 01.01.2011.11, which established the Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative. The purpose of the Initiative is to assist regulators in determining whether and how gas production from the Marcellus Shale and other shale formations in Maryland can be accomplished without unacceptable risks of adverse impacts to public health, safety, the environment, and natural resources.
The purpose of the Marcellus Shale Public Health Study is to evaluate the potential public health impacts associated with drilling in the Marcellus Shale in Maryland. The study will include:
Regular updates will be shared through this website in order to make the study as transparent as possible. Please use our forum to share feedback, comments, and concerns.
What is Hydraulic Fracturing?
Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, is a process that injects a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals under high pressure to break through dense rock to release the trapped gas. The Marcellus Shale spans the northern Appalachian Basin, including New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland. Within Maryland, the Marcellus Shale located within Western Allegany and Garrett Counties.
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) Environmental Health Bureau
Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative
Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)