Neighborhood Fights Plan For Huge Gas Storage Tank

By Philip Rucker (view FULL ARTICLE on Washington Post)

In a quiet Chillum neighborhood of modest old homes just beyond the District border, residents say the last thing they want to see built near their Metro station is a liquefied natural gas storage tank.

For years, community activists have tried to stop Washington Gas’s plan to build a 13 million-gallon storage tank, which would be the first LNG storage facility inside the Capital Beltway. Residents fear the gas tank, which would be in a densely populated area about a block from the West Hyattsville Metro station, could thwart redevelopment in Chillum and put the neighborhood in danger.

So they have taken their fight to the General Assembly, where Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Prince George’s) has introduced legislation that effectively would stop the utility from building on the Chillum location. The bill is gaining support, having been endorsed by the Prince George’s County delegation. The House Economic Matters Committee heard testimony from community activists and utility officials yesterday.

Imani Kazana and Stuart Eisenberg helped establish a group to oppose a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Chillum. They showed the neighborhood recently to Sen. David Harrington (D-Prince George's), right.

Imani Kazana and Stuart Eisenberg helped establish a group to oppose a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Chillum. They showed the neighborhood recently to Sen. David Harrington (D-Prince George’s), right. (By Sarah L. Voisin — The Washington Post)