Today the comprehensive work being done by departmental staff and contractors to determine whether and how natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale in Maryland can be realized without unacceptable risk to public health, safety, the environment and natural resources is on track. Significant changes to this approach being advocated by some in the legislature are not only unnecessary, but would likely undermine the effort.
Five Queen Anne's County watermen have been charged with illegally taking 51 bushels of oysters from a protected area near the mouth of the Wicomico River in Tangier Sound, Maryland Department of Natural Resources officials said.
Acting Natural Resource Secretary Joseph P. Gill's confirmation as the department's permanent chief appears back on track, as a Senate committee Monday approved his nomination after Gill apologized for remarks that angered watermen and vowed to work on closing what he called a "communication gap."
Maryland's Safe-Drilling Advisory Commission can show nearly finalized recommendations for overhauling the regulation of gas drilling, but other major undertakings are still in the works. Together, these unfinished studies form the backbone of a final report due in about 150 days, on Aug. 1. We propose that there is no way to meet this deadline — for good reasons.
Lee McDaniel, a farmer from Darlington and longtime member of the Harford Soil Conservation District Board of Supervisors, has been confirmed as president-elect of the National Association of Conservation Districts.
The Senate delayed a vote Friday to confirm Gov. Martin O¿Malley¿s natural resources secretary after the head of the Maryland Watermen¿s Association accused acting Secretary Joseph P. Gill of threatening his members¿ livelihood.
As a second blast of cold to hit the region this month lingers, ice is collecting on local bays, rivers and canals as it hasn't since perhaps the 1990s, crimping seafood harvests, jacking up energy bills for marinas and prompting warnings for daredevils in ice skates.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact could result in more environmental degradation, job loss, and more dangerous fracking affecting nearly every aspect of our lives, from the quality of our water to the quality of our jobs. And yet it has been negotiated with a lack of transparency that is a clear affront to the principles of our democracy.
Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed state budget would be balanced in part with funds shifted from programs meant to buy parkland and protect farmland from development. Conservationists say the move short-changes land preservation, which they note has been a priority of the O'Malley administration.
The weeks leading to the holidays tend to be the most active for oyster poachers in the Chesapeake Bay, but the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and State Police were hoping in recent days that new technology and harsher penalties would help them crack down on illegal oyster harvesting.
Some long-gone oysters from prehistoric times are going to play a role in restoring the Chesapeake Bay's current crop of bivalves. Maryland has purchased 112,500 tons of fossilized oyster shells for $6.3 million from a quarry in Florida to help rebuild the state's degraded oyster beds.
John Page Williams, senior naturalist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, was proclaimed "Admiral of the Bay" by Gov. Martin O'Malley in recognition of Wliliams' 40-year career teaching and writing about the bay.
Some very big cats may have been roaming the neighborhoods around Abingdon Elementary School in the middle of the night Tuesday into early Wednesday morning, according to an anonymous caller to Harford County's 911 Center.
In what some see as a major test of the O'Malley administration's efforts to strengthen Maryland's Smart Growth policies, state officials are pressing Charles County's elected officials to back off a hotly disputed plan for development that state officials contend would degrade a vital Chesapeake Bay tributary and open up large swaths of farmland to sprawling housing projects.
Maryland's annual black bear hunt went into overtime Saturday, as hunters in Garrett and Allegany counties tried to help the state Department of Natural Resources reach its quota of taking between 95 and 130 bears.
One of the largest urban woodland parks in the eastern United States appears destined to get less wooded. Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. aims to cut a swath up to two miles long through Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park in West Baltimore to replace an aging natural gas pipeline there.
Patapsco heritage Greenway will host a public forum 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30. The event, dubbed "Envision the Valley," will be held at St. Augustine School in Elkridge, and is a repeat of presentation of a consultant's final report given last week in Catonsville.
Two new, relatively small residential subdivisions are planned in the greater Bel Air area and members of the Harford County Development Advisory Committee reviewed them Wednesday, not without controversy.
As police investigated allegations that a Maryland fisherman was poaching striped bass, he decided to mount a campaign of witness intimidation in the hope the trouble would go away, according to federal charges unsealed Wednesday.
A Tilghman Island commercial fisherman has been charged with witness tampering and intimidation in a federal investigation into alleged poaching of striped bass from the Chesapeake Bay, prosecutors announced Wednesday.
Pasadena resident Bill Hubick and Jim Brighton of Easton launched the Maryland Biodiversity Project, an effort to do something no one has ever done — catalog examples of every living thing in Maryland on one website: marylandbiodiversity.com.
Harford County received $1.5 million in state grants to buy land easements in the Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area, continuing to make it one of the best-funded legacy areas in Maryland, Harford County's agricultural preservation head said.
The body of a swimmer missing since Sunday night in Patapsco Valley State Park was found Monday afternoon in turbulent waters of the Patapsco River just below the Bloede Dam, a spokesman for Maryland Natural Resources Police said.
Search crews with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are scheduled to return to the Bloede Dam in Patapsco Valley State Park this morning to resume a search for a swimmer who went missing Sunday night
With Maryland weighing some of the toughest regulations in the nation on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, environmentalists and some property owners are questioning whether the rules go far enough to safeguard drinking water, natural resources and the public's health. An industry representative, meanwhile, warned that some proposed rules might be so strict that no company would want to drill in the state.
A Kent County man swam for more than five hours through the dangerous waters of Tangier Sound to save the lives of four family members this week after the boat they were fishing in capsized during a sudden thunderstorm.
The Turtle Derby especially had a robust group of participants despite attempts by wildlife groups to get it cancelled this year, warning of the spread of dangerous viruses from the intermingling of wild turtles.