ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland official says special conditions may be justified for a proposed natural gas pipeline, as opponents to the project are set to rally at the governor’s residence.
Ben Grumbles, head of the Maryland Department of the Environment, sent a letter Thursday to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Grumbles, a Cabinet secretary for Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, says the department has identified potential water-quality factors. He asks the agency to withhold its determination on the application until the department has a chance to propose special conditions to be included in the Corps’ recommendations.
The 3.4-mile project would connect a TransCanada pipeline in Pennsylvania to Mountaineer Gas line in West Virginia. It would run through Maryland and under the Potomac River. Opponents say it could affect drinking water for millions.