Maryland’s Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Advisory Commission recently held its first formal vote, agreeing unanimously to endorse financial safeguards that would pay for problems related to gas drilling.

The endorsements of the commission, which was created 15 months ago, are intended to guide legislation to be introduced during the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly. Although a Maryland Department of the Environment adviser to the commission recommended that the panel offer specific language for any legislation, members generally rejected the idea.

Said commission member Harry Weiss, an environmental litigator for Ballard Spahr: “Our intent is to be general, to identify broad areas for legislation.”