Hearings set on plans for LNG facility
A series of hearings will be held next week by federal regulators on a proposal to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in eastern Baltimore County and a pipeline from Sparrows Point through Harford County to southern Pennsylvania.
Under the proposal by AES Corp., a global power-supply company, the LNG terminal would be built at the old Bethlehem Steel shipyard to receive overseas tankers carrying the imported fuel. The liquid would be returned to its gaseous state at the facility and pumped through an 88-mile pipeline to Pennsylvania.
The Army Corps of Engineers is also reviewing a request by AES to dredge a 118-acre area of the Patapsco River near the shipyard.
Earlier this year, staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recommended conditional approval for the LNG project. Copies of that report, called a draft Environmental Impact Statement, are available for review at the Bel Air and North Point public library branches and on FERC Web site.
A final staff report is expected to be complete in mid-August, with the five-member commission tentatively scheduled to make a final decision on the project by the end of November.
The hearings will be held Monday at Patapsco High School, 8100 Wise Ave. in Dundalk; Wednesday at East Brandywine Fire Hall, 2096 Bondsville Road in Downingtown, Pa.; and Thursday at the Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.
The FERC will also accept written comments on the draft report through June 16. The Army Corps of Engineers will accept comments through June 26. More information: 866-208-FERC or www.ferc.gov (using the eLibrary link, click on "General Search" and enter Docket Number CP07-62).
Education council to meet today
The Northeast Area Educational Advisory Council will hold its year-end planning meeting at 7 p.m. today at Gunpowder Elementary School, 9540 Holiday Manor Road.
Officers for 2008-2009 will be elected, next year's meetings will be scheduled and the Loch Raven High School expansion proposal might be discussed.
Philippine-American Festival is Sunday
The 17th annual Philippine-American Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Courthouse Plaza and Chesapeake Avenue in Towson.
Activities will include cultural shows and displays, a parade and procession, folk dancing, music featuring East Coast Filipino bands and Filipino cooking.
Organist to present pops concert Sunday
The Free State Theatre Organ Society will present organist Michael Xavier Lundy in a pops concert at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Rice Auditorium at Spring Grove Hospital Center on Wade Avenue in Catonsville.
Lundy, house organist for the Dickinson Theatre Organ Society in Wilmington, Del., will perform on a restored Robert Morton/Wicks theater pipe organ. The concert is free.