Long ride opens at Blackwater Falls

DAVIS, W.Va. — State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette says he wasn’t too old to enjoy a new attraction at one of the state’s most popular state parks Wednesday. Burdette was one of the first to go down the sled run at Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County.

“It was a very cool experience. I got to go up and ride down a couple of times and didn’t break any bones,” the 59-year-old Burdette joked. “I just had a great time. It’s a real great addition to West Virginia state parks.”

The run has been tabbed the longest sled run on the East Coast. It’s more than a quarter-mile long. The Wonder Carpet conveyor system that takes sledders back up the mountain is also believed to be the longest in the region.

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Groups call for legislative fracking ban

CUMBERLAND — A coalition of 79 organizations, including several local organizations, is calling for legislative action to ban hydraulic fracturing in Maryland.

“Based on what we know now, we believe that fracking endangers public health and is the wrong approach to building a robust Maryland economy and a clean energy future. We urge Maryland’s legislature to pass an extended moratorium in 2015,” the statement, released Jan.17, reads. The document was released by the Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and Food & Water Watch.

At least one bill to ban the practice has been introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the method that would be used to free the gas and allow it to be brought to the surface. In order to get the gas trapped in the shale to the surface, chemicals, water and sand are pumped underground to break apart rock formations and free the gas.

Coalition members say the state isn’t up to regulating fracking.

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Merger planned for Rocky Gap owner

…. “The new company will retain ownership of the Rocky Gap Casino Resort near Cumberland, Md., which is inside the Rocky Gap State Park. The 200-room hotel includes the only Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course in Maryland and a casino with 500 slot machines, a poker room and 10 table games.”


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