Maryland Official Weighs Special Conditions on Natural Gas Pipeline

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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.

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