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Attorney General Marks Earth Day with Release of 2013 Chesapeake Bay Environmental Audit
Pollution and policy issues identified to help design strategies
for a cleaner state


Baltimore, MD  (April 22, 2014) - Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is marking Earth Day 2014 with the release of his 2013 Chesapeake Bay Environmental Audit. The Attorney General's sixth annual report details the 2013 audits of the Liberty and Prettyboy reservoirs in Baltimore and Carroll counties, the Wicomico River in Wicomico and Somerset counties and Antietam Creek in Washington County. During these audits, the Attorney General met with residents, environmental activists and local leaders who live and work in these communities to hear from those who know, use and appreciate Maryland's diverse water resources. Full Press Release here.



map of the Marcellus ShaleAttorney General Warns Landowners: Before Signing a Mineral Rights Lease, Check Your Mortgage

Your bank/mortgage lender may need to approve the lease. Latest twist in Marcellus Shale gas leases could put homes and farms at risk

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is warning landowners that signing a mineral rights lease could conflict with some requirements of their federally-approved home or farm mortgage. To ensure their homes and farms remain safe from legal entanglements, landowners should always check with their bank or mortgage lender before entering into a mineral rights lease. 

“Marylanders need to protect themselves from unintentionally putting their homes and farms at risk,” said Attorney General Gansler. “If a mineral rights lease is on the table, take it to your bank or mortgage lender first and have them sign off on it.”

Landowners in Western Maryland, whose properties sit above the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation, may be particularly vulnerable. High-pressure sales tactics and a lack of knowledge may lead a landowner to neglect checking with their mortgage lender to make sure a mineral rights lease does not conflict with their mortgage. Over 90 percent of all mortgages in the United States are federally backed by government or government-sponsored entities such as the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac), the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), Veteran's Affairs(VA), the Rural Housing Service or Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae). (Full Press Release Here.)

Copies of the Attorney General's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Audits can be found at:


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