Energy firm appeals LNG court ruling
AES Corp., the global power supply company that wants to build a liquefied natural gas terminal on Sparrows Point, is appealing a federal court ruling that upheld a Baltimore County ban on such facilities in coastal areas.
The challenge, filed in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, contests the June 22 decision of U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett, who determined that the county's zoning law on LNG terminals was valid.
The law, passed by the County Council in February, prohibits LNG plants and other facilities, such as oil refineries, from being located in environmentally sensitive coastal areas as an amendment to the county's Coastal Zone Management plan.
In a written statement yesterday, Kent Morton, the Sparrows Point project manager for AES, said the facility would help meet the country's expected energy needs. And, he said, the county's zoning law "attempts to circumvent the rigorous and objective evaluation process entrusted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. FERC was entrusted with this important responsibility under the requirement that it closely coordinate with state and local governments and all other interested stakeholders."
In a previous ruling, Bennett struck down another county law designed to block the LNG project. The county is appealing that decision. A hearing has not yet been scheduled in the county's appeal.
Measure seeks to end state job ban
Two County Council members are hoping to put on the November 2008 ballot a charter amendment allowing council members to hold state jobs.
Councilmen John A. Olszewski Sr., a Dundalk Democrat, and Vincent J. Gardina, a Towson-Perry Hall Democrat, plan to introduce the legislation Monday.
Gardina called the prohibition on serving on the council while being employed by the state "antiquated and unnecessary." He said that while he has no offers to work in state government, he sees no reason that he should not have the option.
In Baltimore County, serving on the council is considered a part-time job, and most members work in the private sector.
Summer camp openings remain
About 10 openings remain for a summer camp at Woodlawn High School that is designed to help prepare rising ninth-grade boys for the transition from middle school with a focus on academic achievement and character, according to the camp's organizers.
Called Youth REACH (Resilience, Effort, Awareness, Creativity and Honesty), the camp will enroll students from Woodlawn and Windsor Mill middle schools and Southwest Academy who are expected to start classes at Woodlawn High School in August.
Senior officers from the 100 Strong Male Role Models, an all-male group at Woodlawn High, will mentor nearly 50 ninth-graders through activities such as writing and computer labs, sessions on social survival skills, environmental beautification and field trips. Participants also will take part in a basketball tournament.
The free camp, based at Woodlawn High, 1801 Woodlawn Road, is scheduled to run daily from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The camp begins July 9 and ends July 31. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided daily.
Information: Dean Scott at 410-900-2117 or 410-887-1309.
Summer school begins Monday
Baltimore County summer school classes begin Monday and run through Aug. 3. Classes will be held daily from 7:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Both original credit and review and half-credit courses are scheduled at five regional summer school centers:
Loch Raven High School at 1212 Cowpens Ave. in Towson.
Parkville High School at 2600 Putty Hill Ave. in Parkville.
Owings Mills High School at 124 Tollgate Road in Owings Mills.
Chesapeake High School at 1801 Turkey Point Road in Essex.
Catonsville High School at 421 Bloomsbury Ave. in Catonsville.
Information: 410-887-2270 or www.bcps.org/offices/alted/summer_school/