If the state allows drilling for natural gas in Marcellus shale, the health of residents, and the health care system, are bound to see changes, and local residents ae being asked to contribute their thoughts and ideas to a study, the Cumberland Times-News reported.

About 30 people showed up at a meeting Tuesday at Frostburg State University to offer their perspective. Focus groups will be included in the study, with more information about those groups to be released soon, said Sacoby Wilson, a University of Maryland professor and one of the leaders of the study.

“We have a lot of notes taken last night,” Wilson said to members of the state Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Initiative Advisory Commission that met Wednesday at Allegany College of Maryland.

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