Baltimore County Digest

Baltimore County Digest

May 18, 2006

Meetings with U.S. agency on LNG terminal are set

Dates have been set for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission officials to meet with residents about a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal at Sparrows Point and a 87-mile pipeline through Baltimore and Harford counties.

The early June meetings are designed to allow residents to comment on how the project could affect such things as recreation, wildlife and transportation.

"We need substantive information - not just you don't like it," said Tamara Young-Allen, a spokeswoman for FERC.

Tours of the proposed terminal site and portions of the pipeline route are also scheduled.

The federal agency will decide whether to approve the plan by AES Corp. to build an LNG terminal at the former shipyard and a 28-inch-diameter pipeline from the facility to southern Pennsylvania.

The project calls for dredging Bear Creek and the Patapsco River to accommodate the tankers carrying imported LNG.

The plan has generated vocal opposition from elected officials and residents, who say they are worried about the environmental impact of dredging and the safety of nearby residents in the event of an accident or an attack on the facility or along the pipeline.

Ann Paszkiewicz, a Fallston resident and president of Brookhill Farms Community Association, said she is concerned that some Harford County residents don't realize how close the pipeline route is to their homes and schools.

"If my property were 201 feet, rather than 200 feet over, I wouldn't know," said Paszkiewicz.

The FERC deadline for written public comments is June 16.

The schedule:

7 p.m. June 5 at North Point-Edgemere Volunteer Fire Co., 7500 North Point Road in Sparrows Point.

7 p.m. June 6 at East Brandywine Fire Hall, 2096 Bondsville Road in Downingtown, Pa.

7 p.m. June 7 at Harford Community College, 401 Thomas Run Road in Bel Air.

The tour of the Sparrows Point shipyard begins at 8 a.m. June 6.

The tour of the proposed pipeline route begins at 8 a.m. June 7 at the East Brandywine Fire Hall.

Information: 1-866-208-3372.

Laura Barnhardt

Owing Mills

Irvine Nature Center to expand

Irvine Nature Center will break ground this fall on a 16,000-square-foot building that will house expanded classroom and exhibit space, officials said yesterday.

The state Board of Public Works approved a $200,000 grant for the planning and design of the new facility, to be in Owings Mills, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. announced.

In 2000, the state gave Irvine 116 acres in the Caves Valley area of Baltimore County for a new center, which will be built along Garrison Forest Road, near the Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery.

Construction of the $10.5 million project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2007.

Irvine, the only private, nonprofit nature center in the area, has been housed at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson for 31 years.

Towson

Teacher of Year to be named

Baltimore County's Teacher of the Year for 2006-2007 will be announced during a special ceremony at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Board of Education meeting room, ESS Building, 6901 Charles St.

Three teachers have been named as finalists: Michelle Dressel of Loch Raven Academy; Margaret Paul of Towson High School; and Debra Pueschel of Joppa View Elementary.

The county winner will participate in the state Teacher of the Year competition. Maryland's Teacher of the Year will be announced in October.

Towson

Baltimore Spelling Bee set for today

The best spellers in grades four, five and six from 45 area schools will participate in the Houghton Mifflin-Archdiocese of Baltimore Spelling Bee from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at St. Pius X School, 6432 York Road, Towson.

Participants were selected by their principal based on academic achievement or by winning the school spelling bee.

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