Thursday, January 15, 2009

FERC Approves AES LNG Terminal In Baltimore

A five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) panel voted 4-1 to approve Virginia-based AES Corporation's proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the site of the former Sparrows Point shipyard in eastern Baltimore County. The proposal also includes construction of an 88-mile pipeline to Pennsylvania for the former Bethlehem Steel site [later Mittal Steel and now Severstal (Russian-owned)]. The approval of the $400 million project came at the urging of organized labor groups eager for hundreds of jobs. It was opposed by community associations and nearly every elected official in the area.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will continue to evaluate the proposal along with the Maryland Department of the Environment under the Coastal Facilities Review Act. AES would also has to apply for several state and federal permits to begin building the facility.

AAEA is working with a nearby community, Turner Station, to get some relief from the surrounding industrial businesses.

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