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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Rep. Andy Harris says he doesn't support offshore drilling off Maryland's coast.

Harris, the only Republican in Maryland's congressional delegation, was asked about his position at a recent town hall.

Harris says he supports the concept of offshore drilling, but he opposes it where local jurisdictions don't want it. Harris, who represents the Eastern Shore, said: "since Ocean City and the local jurisdictions do oppose it in Maryland, I oppose it off the coast of Maryland."

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Plans for a natural gas pipeline are underway for Somerset and Accomack Counties.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Baltimore-based equity firm H4 Capital Partners have been carrying out engineering work and seeking private interest.

The proposed 180-mile pipeline would connect to a natural gas pipeline in Cecil County.

It would run through Kent, Queen Anne’s and Somerset counties including alongside Route 13 south of Salisbury.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Federal officials have set a new date for a meeting on potentially reopening the Virginia coastline to oil and gas drilling.

The Virginian-Pilot reports the meeting is now scheduled for Feb.21. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management put off a meeting in January near Richmond due to a snowstorm.

In January, President Donald Trump's administration announced it'll seek to dramatically expand offshore oil and gas exploration.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has said Florida's entire coastline would be removed from the plan. 

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NEWTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A regulatory commission that oversees water quality in the Delaware River and its tributaries has taken an initial step to permanently ban natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing.

The five-member Delaware River Basin Commission on Wednesday approved a measure to begin the lengthy process of enacting a formal ban on drilling and fracking, the technique that's spurred a U.S. production boom in shale gas and oil.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several environmental groups are suing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality over part of the permitting process for two proposed natural gas pipelines.

The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Bold Alliance and Preserve Craig Inc. filed suit this week in Richmond Circuit Court. They're challenging an approval DEQ granted in April that allows the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct the broader of two types of water quality reviews for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Dominion Virginia Power says despite the current uncertainty over Obama-era environmental regulations, it is committed to increasing the amount of electricity it generates from solar power in the coming decades.

Virginia's largest utility laid out its long-range forecast of electricity demand and production Monday in a regulatory filing called an integrated resource plan.

The company says it plans to add at least 5,200 megawatts of new solar generation in the next 25 years.

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HANCOCK, Md. (AP) - Environmental activists are pledging a sustained campaign against a proposed pipeline beneath the Potomac River to carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia.

Scores of demonstrators crowded a TransCanada open house Thursday in the western Maryland town of Hancock about the company's Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project.

Russell Mokhiber of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, told the peaceful protesters they can defeat the pipeline.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Perriello says if elected he'll work to block construction of two proposed natural gas pipelines.

Perriello announced his opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and the Mountain Valley Pipeline at a Richmond news conference Wednesday.

The former congressman said the proposed pipelines, which have drawn opposition from environmentalists and property owners, are a bad investment and Virginia should instead focus on energy efficiency measures and renewable energy.

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HANCOCK, Md. (AP) - 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 to discuss the plan.

The company says the project would increase supply options and system reliability.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware environmental officials say rebates have been increased for residents and businesses that own or lease battery electric vehicles.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said in a news release Thursday that vehicles which run solely on batteries using no other fuels can get up to $3,500 rebates.

DNREC also says up to $1,500 in rebates is available for plug-in hybrid electric, propane and natural gas vehicles.

The new rebate amounts apply to vehicles and equipment purchased on or after Nov. 1.

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