Md. water well protections should be increased, researcher says

04/15/2014 | Baltimore Sun, The

The distance between domestic water wells and natural gas drilling rigs should be more than a kilometer, or 3,280 feet, to prevent water contamination by methane gas, said Avner Vengosh, a Duke University scientist. That finding challenges a proposed Maryland environmental rule that would require drilling rigs to be 2,000 feet or more from wells. Drew Cobbs, executive director of the Maryland Petroleum Council, said the state should not enact overly strict standards and make drilling approval prohibitively costly and time-consuming for energy companies.

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