By: Associated Press via CBC

60 lawmakers sent a letter to regulator urging no pipeline across the state

A board of high-ranking Maryland officials on Wednesday rejected a proposed TransCanada pipeline across the western part of the state that would carry natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 against an easement for Calgary-based TransCanada’s pipeline. It would run under the Potomac River near Hanover, Maryland, and extend 4.8 kilometres from the Columbia Gas network in Pennsylvania to Mountaineer Gas distribution system in West Virginia.

Comptroller Peter Franchot, a Democrat, cited testimony that the pipeline could bring Maryland environmental problems without economic benefits. The board also includes Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp, a Democrat.

Maryland banned fracking
Environmentalists and residents have been vocal in opposing the pipeline.

“Marylanders and many of their leaders have consistently opposed the threats fracked gas pipelines pose to our health, water, climate, and communities,” said Josh Tulkin, Sierra Club Maryland chapter director.