Eastern Shore natural gas pipeline awaits approval from Board of Public Works
MARYLAND – While a natural gas pipeline planned for the Eastern Shore awaits approval from the Board of Public Works some community activists are voicing their concerns about its progress.
The pipeline is proposed to be built by the end of next year.
It will stretch the Del-Mar Energy Pathway Project from Wicomico County to Somerset County.
Some fear this pipeline will have an impact on climate change and much more. So, they’ve started a campaign urging people to write to state leaders like Comptroller Peter Franchot asking them to stop the project.
“They’re hearing us out, which is a good thing, and they understand our concerns,” said Jared Schablein, chair of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus.
“They want to hear from some other stakeholders, which is why we’re encouraging everyone to sign their own letter and really show this is something we don’t want,” said Schablein, “But I do have to say I’m very appreciative of the Comptroller’s office for their quick response and really hearing us out on this.”
On the other hand, supporters of the natural gas pipeline say it will entice more businesses to set up shop in Somerset County. They say it will also benefit the University of the Maryland Eastern Shore.