FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - Researchers from Towson University are offering projections for the economic impact of natural gas drilling in western Maryland.
A representative from the school's Regional Economic Studies Institute is making a presentation Friday to a state panel developing regulatory proposals for hydraulic fracturing in the Maryland section of the Marcellus shale.
The presentation follows declining projections for the number of wells that would be drilled in the region.
In 2011, the state advisory commission publicized an industry estimate of more than 2,200 gas wells across Garrett and western Allegany counties. Last October, the panel received two scenarios from the Towson researchers projecting only 150 to 450 wells by 2026.