FROSTBURG — An Alliant Techsystems Inc. official said during an energy forum at Frostburg State University on Wednesday that ATK has been developing a new fracking system that is far less resource-intensive and environmentally dangerous than current hydraulic fracturing methods.
Steve Moore, vice president of strategy and business development for ATK, detailed the new process at an event sponsored by The Greater Cumberland Committee called the Regional Energy Forum.
With a complex in Rocket Center, W.Va., near Cumberland, ATK is a $5 billion defense and aerospace corporation.
Moore, who works out of ATK’s Elkton facility, detailed the new fracking method that could potentially replace the current chemical and water intensive method of hydraulic fracturing.
“There is an opportunity here. Technology could solve the problems associated with fracking,” said Moore.
Although Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia currently allow fracking, Maryland does not. Moore hopes Maryland officials will reconsider the decision in the future.