County Zoning Laws Win Out In Md. LNG Storage Tank Fight

Law360, New York (March 16, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT) -- A Maryland federal judge has nixed Washington Gas Light Co.'s plans for a 1 billion-cubic-foot liquefied natural gas storage site in the D.C. metro area, finding that federal energy laws do not trump local zoning power, the utility said Friday.

Judge Deborah K. Chasanow ruled that federal statutes like the Natural Gas Act and Pipelines Security Act do not preempt Prince Georges County's right to approve the proposed site, which is near a D.C. Metro stop in an area zoned for redevelopment.

Washington Gas had argued that its LNG facility should be governed by the Natural Gas Act of 1938, which...

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