A public hearing has been scheduled Nov. 5 on Texaco Inc.'s application for a permit to drill for natural gas or oil in Charles County.
The hearing, scheduled by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Bel Alton firehouse on Newtown Road near La Plata.
If granted, it would be the first permit to drill for oil or gas in the
coastal plain of Maryland.
Texaco has pledged to prevent polluted runoff or spills from the drilling site, which is to be in a cornfield near Faulkner along Popes Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.
The company's environmental assessment found there should be no harm to Chesapeake Bay.