Officials to hold D.C. meeting on approval of LNG projects

October 30, 2007|By Laura Barnhardt

At the request of some Turners Station residents, the National Association of State Fire Marshals and federal regulators are scheduled to hold a meeting today in Washington about the approval process for liquefied natural gas projects.

"Some folks who, to date, haven't been involved - who missed those initial hearings - wanted to learn about the LNG approval process," said Peter O'Rourke of the National Association of State Fire Marshals.

AES Corp. is seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build an LNG terminal at the Sparrows Point shipyard and an 88-mile pipeline into Pennsylvania.

The project has been opposed by many community leaders and elected officials, who object to the dredging required. Critics also say the terminal would pose a potential hazard to nearby homes in Dundalk, especially to those in Turners Station.

Last week, federal officials notified AES Corp. that the State Highway Administration would not grant the company access to construct its pipeline along the Baltimore Beltway and asked the company to submit a new route for the pipeline.

The meeting is to be held at 2 p.m. at FERC headquarters.

Information: www.ferc.gov.

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