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Court upholds Md permit denial for Sparrows Point LNG project

A federal appeals court has upheld Maryland’s decision to deny a permit for a Sparrows Point liquefied natural gas terminal.

In April, Maryland denied Arlington, Va.-based AES Corp.’s request for a water quality permit for its proposed project. AES wants to build the LNG terminal at the former Bethlehem Steel shipyard, along with an 88-mile pipeline that would pump the gas to Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond denied the company’s request to review Maryland’s decision.

AES says the company is considering its options, including asking the full court to hear the case.

Federal energy regulators last week reaffirmed its approval of the project.

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