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Pipeline proposals to test Delmarva’s appetite for natural gas

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The Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore is shaping up to be the next battleground over the expansion of natural gas pipelines in the Bay region.

Two firms are competing to construct miles of new pipeline through Eastern Shore counties in Maryland and Virginia, projects they say are needed to meet the region’s growing energy demands and boost reliability of service. 

But environmental groups say that construction of the pipelines would potentially contaminate the many rivers in their paths and bisect lands set aside for preservation. 

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Energy production has had a profound influence on the Chesapeake and its tributaries since European settlement. Settlers built thousands of dams across streams and rivers to provide power for mills and industry. More modern dams create hydroelectric power, but dramatically affect river ecosystems and close them to fish migration.

Combustion of fossil fuels is a major source of pollution to the Chesapeake, and activities such as drilling in the Marcellus Shale can affect stream health and permanently alter terrestrial habitats.

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