Maryland: "Pipeline May Affect Drinking Water, Activists Fear"

"Environmental activists warn that construction of a 21-mile natural gas pipeline through northern Baltimore and Harford counties could affect the region's drinking-water system, as the $180 million project cuts across more than three dozen streams feeding into Loch Raven Reservoir."

"Theaux Le Gardeur, executive director of the Gunpowder Riverkeeper, has petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its approval of the pipeline last month and order a more detailed review of the project's environmental effects.

Columbia Gas Transmission plans to extend a 26-inch-diameter pipeline from Owings Mills to Fallston, to be built largely alongside another line. The Charleston, W.Va.-based company hopes to begin construction early this year but still needs approvals from state and federal regulators for the project's impacts on streams, wetlands and other sensitive environmental areas."

Timothy B. Wheeler reports for the Baltimore Sun January 1, 2014.

Source: Baltimore Sun, 01/02/2014