The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave its approval for a 21.3-mile pipeline through Baltimore County and Harford County, Md. Columbia Gas Transmission announced the news of its project Nov. 25, saying the natural gas pipeline company headquartered in Houston, Texas, will begin construction on the Line MB Extension natural gas pipeline in 2014.
"This project is a critical component of Columbia's modernization efforts, and our Line MB serves as a backbone of Maryland's natural gas delivery system," Jimmy Staton, Columbia's group CEO, said in a statement. "We appreciate all of the input from residents along the route during our more than 20 months of public outreach, and we believe that our extensive community engagement process is a major reason why FERC granted project approval."
The project will be built adjacent to Columbia's existing Line MA pipeline, which runs between Owings Mills and Fallston, Md. Along with bringing more gas to more customers in Maryland, the new pipeline will ensure fewer natural gas service disruptions and reduce system vulnerability to pipeline outages, the company said.
FERC gave its approval for the new line, saying it did not find that the project would significantly impact local landowners or the communities in which the pipeline will run through, The Baltimore Sun reported.