Proposed gas pipeline has its supporters and foes

With only a handful of large employers and Maryland’s highest poverty rate, Somerset County has come up empty for years in its efforts to attract a natural gas pipeline, which county officials view as the key to unlocking its economic potential. Now, though, a pipeline is just a few regulatory steps away from construction in […]

Ferry proposal finds more problems than solutions

A state-sponsored study argues that a car-carrying ferry service would not by itself alleviate traffic on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay Bridge. It would also cost billions of dollars to build and operate. The 43-page report by the Maryland Transportation Authority and state Department of Transportation concludes that a ferry service wouldn’t resolve traffic woes “as a […]

Slurry tank plan has western Wicomico residents alarmed

Not on that list: The 3-million-gallon, open-air storage tank filled with foul-smelling ooze coming to her neck of the woods in December. The 23-foot-tall tank will contain an oily slurry culled from the wastewater generated by two poultry industry facilities in a neighboring county. Kenney fears the odor will drive her indoors, attract hordes of […]

Low salinity wallops oysters in Chesapeake Bay

Aquaculture, restoration efforts and fishery hurt as unrelenting rain earlier in the year made much of Bay water too fresh, causing die-offs and delayed spawning The rains have finally let up, but they’ve dealt a serious blow to the Chesapeake Bay’s oysters — and to the people who make a living harvesting, cultivating or restoring […]

Communities confronting ‘Sunny Day’ flooding woes

As floodwaters rose last year, so did records across the Chesapeake Bay region. A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report, shows that rising seas are inducing a particular type of increased flooding around the country. The phenomenon, known as high-tide or “sunny day” flooding because of the absence of rainfall as a trigger, struck […]

Snakeheads might finally be causing ecological harm

Something was pulling his fishing pole into the water — something big. So, Dustin Stem ran over and grabbed the pole just as it was about to disappear into the drainage pond’s murky waters. The 10-year-old was soon joined in the fight by his 11-year-old brother, Ryan. The final heave onto land fell to an […]

Visa restrictions impacting seafood packing houses

At Lindy’s Seafood, workers receive $4.50 per pound of crab meat they pick. That adds up to roughly $12 to $16 per hour — about the same pay as a home health aide or preschool teacher. Dorchester County may have one of the highest unemployment rates in Maryland, but Lindy’s and other crab processors in […]