Frack Target: Marcellus Shale
Water Resources at Stake: Potomac River, Youghiogheny River, Deep Creek Lake
Maryland is home to a relatively small slice of the Marcellus shale that runs along the western panhandle of the state. But the potential impacts to drinking water could be huge. Recognizing the risk to the state’s 5.7 million residents, state legislators have so far been cautious about allowing gas development in the state.
Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred in and around Maryland. Click on any fraccident to learn more.