Baltimore County Digest

BALTIMORE COUNTY DIGEST

February 22, 2007

Judge bars enforcement of LNG facilities limits

A federal judge yesterday ordered Baltimore County government not to enforce the newest restrictions on liquefied natural gas facilities until a hearing can be scheduled.

Lawyers for AES Corp., the global power supply company that wants to build a LNG facility on Sparrows Point, filed a lawsuit against Baltimore County officials Feb. 6, a day after the County Council passed a law banning liquefied natural gas facilities in coastal areas.

The company's lawyers say the zoning amendment is unconstitutional because it is superceded by federal law.

County officials have said that they have the authority to determine what kinds of facilities can be placed in environmentally sensitive coastal areas. But U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett, who had struck down an earlier county law on LNG terminals, granted a temporary restraining order, which kept the county from enforcing this month's zoning ordinance.

A hearing had been scheduled yesterday, but it was canceled when lawyers for the county and the company agreed to extend the restraining order, Bennett's order said. A new court date had not been set yesterday.

State legislators are considering a proposal that would raise the costs for a company wanting to build a LNG terminal by requiring the company to cover the expense of extra government services, such as emergency response.

Another proposed bill in the legislature is aimed at stopping dredging in the Patapsco River near Sparrows Point, where AES is seeking permission to deepen the channel to accommodate overseas tankers importing the liquefied natural gas.

Laura Barnhardt

CCBC campuses

College Fair to be held March 5 and 6

The Community College of Baltimore County and Baltimore County public schools will host College Fair 2007 at CCBC campuses in Dundalk and Catonsville.

The Dundalk fair will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 5 in the Athletic and Wellness Center, Building H. To RSVP: 410-285-9802.

The Catonsville fair is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 6 in the Athletic and Wellness Center, Building L. To RSVP for either location: 410-455-4394.

Representatives from more than 100 universities, colleges and military schools will be available to answer questions. The fairs will also offer information sessions on financial aid and tips for choosing a college.

Towson

Japanese dance, music at university

The Asian Arts and Culture Center at Towson University is sponsoring a "Poetry in Motion: Japanese Dance and Music" performance at 8 p.m. Saturday,.

The performance will be in Kaplan Concert Hall at Towson University Center for the Arts, Osler and Cross Campus drives. Tickets for general admission are $15; $12 for senior citizens and $5 for Towson University students with valid identification.

Information: 410-704-2787.

Countywide

Volunteers directory available

A 2007 Volunteer Opportunity Directory is available at all Baltimore County senior centers and libraries.

The publication, part of the Baltimore County Volunteers initiative, lists nonprofit and government volunteer opportunities available for people of all ages.

Information: 410-887-2715.

Events or news items for the Baltimore County Digest may be submitted to baltco.news@baltsun.com. Information should be sent at least 10 days in advance of the event.

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