The AES Corporation, one of the world’s leading energy companies, has been granted permission to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and 88-mile pipeline near Baltimore, Maryland.

Despite renewed attempts by environmental groups to halt proceedings, AES has had its application accepted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

The five-member panel voted 4-1 to approve the request from the Virginia based company, but added a total of 169 conditions in order that environmental and safety concerns be addressed.

According to Dow Jones, the terminal and pipeline would bring 1.5 billion cubic feet a day of natural gas to the northeastern US.

The project includes facilities to unload LNG ships and store as much as 480,000 cubic metres of LNG.

AES has 30 days to accept the commission’s conditions and 90 days to submit implementation plans, other parties have 30 days to appeal the decision.