Natural gas pipeline on Lower Shore granted key wetlands license
MARYLAND – On Wednesday, the Maryland Board of Public Works unanimously approved of a key wetlands license for a pipeline that would bring natural gas to Somerset County.
It’s estimated the pipeline will reduce the Eastern Correctional Institution’s CO2 emissions by 65% and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s emissions by 38%. That’s the equivalent of removing 11,000 cars from the road.
Advocates of the pipeline say it will also likely bring many jobs to the area. Maybe more important, they say, is the fact that it will bring natural gas access to Somerset County.
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot said, “The fact that Somerset County has not had access to natural gas is quite frankly an economic injustice to the residents who live there.”
Some environmentalists testified on Wednesday, however, that the pipeline could contribute to climate change and harm drinking water. They say wind, solar and geothermal energy would be better alternatives. Others say, however, that natural gas is still better than the current situation.