Marc Steiner Show Covers Columbia/NiSource line-mb Project Halted by Court Order

Listen in today, June 4th at 11 AM on or 88.9 FM on O’Malley’s Environmental Record. The Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER interview on the Columbia / NiSource line-MB project with Marc follows…Thanks to Marc for getting the word out on the new public hearing:

An Excerpt from the MDE website follows; or go to the full notice including the Memorandum & Opinion

Applicant:NiSource / Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC
Application Number: 12-NT-0433 / 201261660

Comment Period:June 1, 2015 to July 8, 2015
Public Informational Hearing Details:
Date: Monday, June 15, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Poster Session
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Public Informational Hearing
Location: Stevenson University, Owings Mills Campus Rockland Center, Banquet Room
100 Campus Circle Owings Mills, MD 21117

BACKGROUND: On April 21, 2014, the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) issued Nontidal Wetlands and Waterways Permit Number 12-NT-0433/201261660 to NiSource/Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (Columbia) authorizing Columbia to impact nontidal wetlands, the 25-foot nontidal wetland buffer, streams, and the 100-year floodplain in connection with the Line MB Extension Project (the Permit). Several petitioners filed judicial review actions in circuit court challenging the Department’s decision to issue the Permit. On April 30, 2015, the Circuit Court for Baltimore County issued a Memorandum Opinion and Order remanding the Permit to MDE to take action on three issues: conducting a more extensive public notice process; providing additional documentation that the project would not affect historic properties; and clarifying MDE’s rationale on water quality issues. In accordance with the public notice component of the Order, MDE is issuing this public notice to inform the public of the proposed regulated impacts associated with the Line MB Extension Project, to solicit comments from the public about the work described below, and to announce a public informational hearing. At this time, MDE has not decided whether to reissue the Permit. MDE is evaluating the proposed regulated activities under Title 5, Subtitle 5 (Waterway Construction) and Title 5, Subtitle 9 (Nontidal Wetlands) of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland. –Ordered by the Circuit Court.