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8:39 am
Tue November 25, 2014

MD State Panel Considers Fracking

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A state panel charged with recommending safe practices for shale gas recovery in western Maryland is nearing the end of its work.

Tuesday's meeting in Cumberland includes a discussion about the final report, expected by year-end.

It's the panel's first meeting since Republican Larry Hogan was elected governor. Hogan has said he favors hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique that forces water and chemicals deep underground to crack the shale and release natural gas.

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8:32 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Fracking Gets Poor Marks for Western Maryland

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FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) - University of Maryland researchers say there's a high likelihood that shale gas production in far western Maryland would negatively affect air quality in the region.

The report released Monday also found a high likelihood of negative impacts on occupational health and local medical systems due to surging employment in an industry with relatively high risks for respiratory ailments and truck accidents.

The report says there's a moderately high risk that water pollution from hydraulic fracturing would have public health consequences.

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7:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Enticing Home Buyers to Western Maryland

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - A state mortgage program is lowering its rates for two months in Western Maryland to entice homebuyers.

The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports the Maryland Mortgage Program will lower rates by a quarter percent for homes in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties. Any program loans that are reserved before Sept. 10 will be eligible.

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8:54 am
Mon March 17, 2014

GOP Gov. Candidate Takes Campaign To Rural Western Maryland

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Hogan is celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a campaign swing through western Maryland.

Hogan has appearances scheduled Monday in Oakland, Cumberland, Hagerstown and Frederick.

He says it's his first trip to the mostly rural, largely conservative region since he formally announced his candidacy in January.

Hogan's schedule includes an afternoon keynote speech at the opening of a new Allegany County Republican Party office in Cumberland.

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Local News
12:04 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Secession in the Wind for Western Maryalnd Counties

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A group seeking separate statehood for western Maryland is holding its first official town hall meeting in Cumberland.

Volunteer Rich Biancone says the gathering Friday night at Allegany College of Maryland is for supporters, detractors and people who are just plain curious.

He tells the Cumberland Times-News that the initiative is led by Carroll County resident Scott Strzelczyk.

The group aims to form a new state composed of Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties.

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