LNG task force makes recommendations

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

November 18, 2006

The group of residents and state officials studying the proposed liquefied natural gas facility on Sparrows Point is recommending that it be at least 2 1/2 miles from homes.

During the final meeting of the LNG task force yesterday, panel members estimated that if there were a major accident at the proposed facility, an explosion could create a fireball that could injure people up to 2.56 miles away.

Under the current proposal, the terminal would be about a mile from the closest homes in Turners Station. AES Corp. has proposed building a $400 million LNG terminal. Tankers would unload the imported liquid fuel, which would be converted back to gas and transported by pipeline to southern Pennsylvania.

The LNG task force is to present its findings to the governor and state legislators by the end of next month.

Laura Barnhardt

Perry Hall

Councilman can't halt depot project

A Baltimore County Council member notified community leaders in Perry Hall yesterday that there is little he can do to kill a land-deal that he says could allow the construction of a school bus depot.

Under the deal, the government would buy nearly 7 acres from the Archdiocese of Baltimore for about $1.3 million. The land would be used for a new library and, over the objection of some residents in the area, a parking lot for 50 school buses. The County Council is scheduled to vote on the deal Monday.

At a council work session this week, Councilman Vincent J. Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat, said he would move to withdraw the contract if the administration did not guarantee that the land would not be used for a bus depot. Gardina urged community leaders to pressure other council members and County Executive James T. Smith Jr. to hold off on the deal.

Josh Mitchell

Baltimore County

Meeting sought between police, public

A state delegate is calling for a public meeting to discuss the relationship between the Baltimore County Police Department and the public.

Del. Emmett C. Burns Jr., a Baltimore County Democrat, called for the meeting after a woman said that a county police officer verbally abused her and her two daughters at the scene of an automobile accident.

The department was completing an internal review of the incident but had not found inappropriate behavior by the officer, said Bill Toohey, a county police spokesman. Toohey said the department had not received a formal request about the proposed meeting.

Nick Shields

Shopping

County to offer free holiday parking

Holiday shoppers will have one less thing to worry about on certain days in Baltimore County: feeding the parking meter.

In an effort to draw more shoppers to small businesses, the county will offer free parking on specific dates around Thanksgiving and Christmas, officials announced. There will be no charge to park at meters, metered lots and the Towson Library garage on Nov. 23 and 24 and Dec. 22-25. Although meters are usually free on major holidays, this is the third year that the free parking has been extended to other days.

Julie Scharper

Essex

Information sought in beating

County police are asking for help in obtaining information about a September assault that sent an Essex man to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a severe head injury.

About 2 a.m. Sept. 24, Dennis Tompkins, 29, of the first block of Luffing Court attempted to break up a fight near River Watch Restaurant and Marina in the 200 block of Nanticoke Road. According to a witness, Tompkins was hit by a man and suffered a severe head injury in a nearby parking lot, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call county police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Nick Shields

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