I started this website to provide people with information about gas development so that they can make up their own minds. I've tried to incorporate links for both sides, but unfortunately, because I've made up my mind as to which way to go, trying to be unbiased is totally impossible. But, I'm working on it...
I'm against developing natural gas resources in Garrett County.
Here I would like to state my reasons.
First off I would like to say that the horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques are engineering marvels. Not only are they engineering marvels, they are American engineering marvels. Once you dig into that technology, which I had to do in developing this website, you really begin to appreciate that in spades.
Second of all, we need energy to provide for our extensive needs. There are many kinds of systems that can provide the various kinds of energies we need, but none can be provided in such a short time than natural gas. It has its problems, but it also has its generous benefits.
Thirdly, it has had a big impact on our economic well-being.
Unfortunately, the gas development industry shot itself in the foot by not following safe and sound industrial practices, beyond the regulations that were already in place. The gas industry should have taken lessons from the coal industry and realize that many of the coal industry past practices caused serious environmental damage that society is, and will be paying for, for many years to come. The gas industry should have realized that today's society is much, much more environmentally conscious. The coal industry rules CANNOT apply to the gas industry; they must be more stringent.
There is now, in people's minds, that gas development is a dirty and dangerous business, with a lot of cheats.
Personally I believe that it can be done 'safely,' but the cost for that is not trivial. Competitive factors and the mighty dollar drive the industry to take short cuts, which invariable cause problematic impacts, and hence today's perceptions.
Because of these perceptions I'm against any development of natural gas in Garrett County, because the value of the county, in most people's minds (NOT verified with a statistical survey), rests with its natural beauty. Anything that threatens this notion should not be part of Garrett County.
MORE TO COME...