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FSU Students & Savage River Watershed to Launch Marcellus Shale Project

October 18th, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Frostburg State University students are partnering with the Savage River Watershed Association to participate in “Marcellus Shale in Mountain Maryland: A Listening Project” to document local hopes and concerns regarding proposed unconventional natural gas extraction in Western Maryland. While there has been much debate about drilling in the area, little has been done to assess public opinion to assist state and local government officials and county planners.

Modeling their work after similar successful projects in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania, students are scheduling community listening days in Frostburg, Mount Savage, Finzel, Lonaconing, Westernport and Grantsville and encourage area residents to stop by and share their opinions. Working in teams, students will also conduct a limited number of door-to-door interviews in some areas.

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