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A recent editorial from the Baltimore Sun took Governor Hogan to task on his environmental stewardship, criticizing his administration’s latest move — championing a $103 million fund to expand natural gas pipelines across Maryland (AltaGas), as well as the Potomac Pipeline sought by TransCanada that would run under the Potomac River and C&O Canal in Western Maryland. The editorial decries the inclusion of the natural gas expansion plan under the Public Service Commission’s AltaGas merger settlement, instead suggesting that the burden should be AltaGas’ alone. And instead of expanding natural gas infrastructure, an environmental steward would commit to using available resources to repair existing pipeline leaks. Methane, the main component of natural gas, is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Recent analysis from the Environmental Defense Fund indicates that gas pipeline methane leaks have been wildly under-reported, meaning that these leaky pipelines have contributed to near-term climate pollution equivalent to 11 coal-fired power plants (!!). See also this article by the Sun’s environmental reporter, Scott Dance, on Hogan’s environmental flip-flopping.

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