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Judge Halts Work On Maryland Pipeline Due To Environmental Concerns

Welders work on a gas pipeline in Virginia.
Welders work on a gas pipeline in Virginia/Photo by Matthew Thorn, Flickr

By Katie Valentine, ThinkProgress

Construction on a natural gas pipeline set to run through Maryland has been halted after a judge found that the state hadn’t done enough to protect the environment and hadn’t given residents enough of a chance to weigh in on the project.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Justin J. King ruled last week that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) must go back and revise the permit it issued for the 21-mile pipeline, which is being constructed by Columbia Pipeline Group and is slated to run through Baltimore and Harford counties. According to the judge’s ruling, the permit’s water safety requirements were too general, “rendering it impossible for this court to determine whether the permit complies with state and federal water quality regulations.” Continue reading Judge Halts Work On Maryland Pipeline Due To Environmental Concerns

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Dominion Confirms Worker Injured at Cove Point

Cove Point

By Marty Madden, Baynet

Lusby, MD – A contract employee was injured during unloading operations at Dominion Cove Point Monday, March 30, company officials stated.

According to a statement from Dominion Energy Communications Director Jim Norvelle, the Kiewit employee was transported by ambulance and then by helicopter to a hospital. Kiewit officials reported the injured worker was flown to Prince George’s Hospital Center. Continue reading Dominion Confirms Worker Injured at Cove Point

Myersville Protesters Reject Dominion Transmission Expansion

Ruth White, left, Ann Nau and Sophie Nau, right, voice their concerns about Dominion Transmission’s plans to expand the Myersville compressor station/Photo by Nancy Lavin
Ruth White, left, Ann Nau and Sophie Nau, right, voice their concerns about Dominion Transmission’s plans to expand the Myersville compressor station/Photo by Nancy Lavin

By Nancy Lavin, Frederick News-Post

MYERSVILLE — An open house Tuesday night on Dominion Transmission’s expansion plans — including the addition of a second compressor at its Myersville station — drew a small but vocal group of protesters to Town Hall.

The event was the fourth and final in a series of open houses throughout the region on Dominion’s Leidy South Project, which includes expanded compression along its interstate natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. If approved, the project would add a second, 15,900-horsepower compressor at the Myersville compressor station, which went into service late last fall.

Continue reading Myersville Protesters Reject Dominion Transmission Expansion

Maryland House, Senate Pass Measures to Curb Fracking

Protesters rally in Annapolis to encourage a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking/Photo by Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun
Protesters rally in Annapolis to encourage a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking/Photo by Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun

By Erin Cox and Timothy Wheeler, Baltimore Sun

Both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly separately passed measures Tuesday that mark the most aggressive action the legislature has taken to curb natural gas extraction in the state.

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a three-year ban on fracking and the Senate approved tough new legal standards for drillers. Each bill must clear still the other chamber, but the actions signaled the legislature was willing to go further than it has before to limit natural gas drilling. Continue reading Maryland House, Senate Pass Measures to Curb Fracking

Dominion Fined for Delayed Emissions Reporting at Cove Point LNG

A prop illustrates all the pollutants that will be emitted by the Cove Point power station.
A prop illustrates all the pollutants that will be emitted by the Cove Point power station.
Agrees to $365,000 settlement with EPA

By Sarah Fleischman, Calvert Recorder

Dominion Cove Point has agreed to pay a settlement of $365,000 for the lack of timely reporting of ammonia emissions that occurred between December 2012 and February 2013.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited Dominion for failing to report 27 separate releases of more than 100 pounds of ammonia from its natural gas turbines while generating the site’s electricity, according to an EPA statement distributed Tuesday. Continue reading Dominion Fined for Delayed Emissions Reporting at Cove Point LNG

Fracking Liability Bill Passes Maryland Senate Committee

By Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — A bill that would impose strict liability on gas drillers for injuries and property damage is advancing in the General Assembly.

On a 7-4 vote, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee sent the bill to the full Senate with a favorable recommendation. Continue reading Fracking Liability Bill Passes Maryland Senate Committee

Western Maryland Realtors Support Fracking Moratorium Bills

By Associated Press

OAKLAND, Md. — Real-estate brokers in far western Maryland are supporting a proposal in the Maryland General Assembly for an eight-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas pending further study.

The Garrett County Board of Realtors expressed concern Tuesday about the possible impact of fracking on public health. They say fears of health problems from well-water contamination can reduce home values by at least 20 percent. Continue reading Western Maryland Realtors Support Fracking Moratorium Bills