Potomac River

Mar 25, 2020

Potomac River nonprofit sues paper mill owners over alleged pollution

A now-closed paper mill being sued by the Maryland Department of the Environment is now also facing a citizen suit from a clean water nonprofit that is seeking to force the mill’s owners to take steps to clean up the Potomac River. Luke Paper Mill, in Allegany County, manufactured paper products until its closure in […]

Dec 23, 2019

No injuries as freight train derails near Harpers Ferry park

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — A freight train derailed as it crossed the Potomac River near Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, sending two cars into the water and damaging a footbridge that is part of the Appalachian Trail. CSX said in a statement that there were no injuries early Saturday morning when seven cars in total derailed. […]

Apr 4, 2019

Ex-water plant owner admits discharging sewage into Potomac

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The former owner of a West Virginia water treatment plant has admitted to discharging untreated sewage into the Potomac River.

Nov 21, 2018

Protesters deliver signatures opposing Maryland pipeline

Dozens of people gathered outside of a National Park Service office in Maryland in a push to stop construction of a pipeline under the Potomac River.

Oct 1, 2018

Company wants to start work on pipeline under Potomac

Columbia Gas Transmission is asking federal regulators for permission to start building a natural gas pipeline that would run through part of western Maryland and cross under the Potomac River near Hancock.

Mar 14, 2018

Activists to protest Maryland pipeline before deadline

Clean-water activists in Maryland say drinking water could be polluted by a planned pipeline that would carry natural gas under the Potomac River and C & O Canal.

Dec 19, 2017

Hearing set on pipeline that would cross Potomac

Maryland environmental regulators are holding a hearing on whether to award a permit for a pipeline that would carry natural gas under the Potomac River.

Jul 25, 2017

Confederate statue moved from courthouse in Maryland

ROCKVILLE — A statue of a Confederate cavalryman has been removed from outside the Rockville Courthouse in Maryland and placed near a privately run Potomac River ferry named for a Confederate general. Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett tells local media the statue was moved on Saturday. The move cost about $100,000. County officials had struck […]

Jul 25, 2017

Coast Guard: Paddlers can use Potomac near Trump golf course

WASHINGTON — Kayakers, paddleboarders and other active groups can continue to use the Potomac River near a Virginia golf course owned by President Donald Trump, the commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday. The Coast Guard has been closing a 2-mile section of the river when Trump is at his golf course, prompting protests from […]

Jul 18, 2017

Montgomery County Council opposes Potomac River crossing

ROCKVILLE — The Montgomery County Council has voted unanimously to oppose a new Potomac River bridge crossing. The council voted 9-0 for a resolution against the idea on Tuesday in Rockville. The proposed project would include extending Route 28 in Virginia to the portion of the Intercounty County Connector that is in Montgomery County. Council […]

Feb 9, 2017

Activists oppose proposed gas pipeline beneath Potomac River

HANCOCK — A Potomac River protection group is organizing a demonstration against plans for a pipeline beneath the river that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia. Brent Walls of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network says demonstrators plan a silent protest Thursday night at an open house that TransCanada officials are holding in Hancock […]

Apr 28, 2016

Verso agrees to $10,000 fine in Potomac River latex spill

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of the Environment says Verso Corp. will pay a $10,000 settlement for two chemical spills that tainted the Potomac River last fall. Agency spokesman Jay Apperson said Thursday the amount is the same as a fine the agency proposed in February. The spills at Verso’s paper mill in the western […]

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