FERC staff issues Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Sparrows Point LNG and Mid-Atlantic Express Pipeline Project (Docket Nos. CP07-62-000, CP07-63-000, CP07-64-000, and CP07-65-000)
Issued: April 25, 2008
FERC staff prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the AES Sparrows Point LNG, LLC and Mid-Atlantic Express, L.L.C. (collectively, AES) Sparrows Point LNG and Mid-Atlantic Express Pipeline Project. The liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal is proposed for an industrial port setting on Sparrows Point, in Baltimore County, Maryland, and consist of facilities capable of unloading LNG ships, storing up to 480,000 cubic meters (m3) of LNG, vaporizing the LNG, and sending out natural gas at a baseload rate of 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd). The pipeline would include about 88 miles of 30-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline (about 48 miles in Maryland and 40 miles in Pennsylvania), ending in Eagle, Pennsylvania.
FERC’s environmental staff concludes that the Sparrows Point LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project with appropriate mitigating measures, as recommended, would have limited adverse environmental impact and would be an environmentally acceptable action.
The project is planned for the former Bethlehem Steel Plant site, replacing one industrial site with another. The locals and their elected officials are protesting, now relying on the last argument against any power facility — terrorist attacks.
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