Columbia Gas Gets Green Light For Line MB Extension Project

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Columbia Gas Transmission announced that federal regulators have approved construction of the company’s Line MB Extension natural gas system modernization project in Baltimore County and Harford County, MD.
  The Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, issued on November 21, 2013 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, instructs Columbia to move forward with the 21.3-mile long pipeline and begin construction in 2014.
  The Line MB Extension project is to be built adjacent to Columbia’s existing Line MA between Owings Mills and Fallston, MD, and deviates away from the existing Line to avoid Gunpowder Falls State Park. The project is designed to improve interstate natural gas service reliability for local utilities that serve residents and businesses in central Maryland and surrounding regions. It is also designed to reduce system vulnerability to pipeline outages and to better facilitate pipeline safety inspections without disrupting natural gas service.
  In May, Columbia announced that the project would be built in large part using Maryland union labor, comprising of workers from the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 37, Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 710, Teamsters Local 355 and Welders. Construction is expected to begin in 2014, and it is scheduled to be completed in 2015.