- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - The state Department of Environment has denied a company’s application to permit crude oil to be shipped through its port of Baltimore terminal in Fairfield.

The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/1IiQNeB ) that for now, the state won’t grant the application for the Houston-based firm, Targa Resources.

The agency says it needs more information about the company, which handles and stores oil, natural gas and petroleum products.

Nearby residents say the company’s proposal poses a safety threat and environmental advocacy organizations say the new facility would increase the threat to the Chesapeake Bay’s fragile ecosystem.

If the department had approved the permit, Targa would have become the second Fairfield-area terminal to handle crude oil shipments. Axeon Specialty Products ships crude oil through its nearby terminal just north of Interstate 895.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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