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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas and Environmental for Maryland on
Q: Is owner of rowhouse with 2 mth old oil spill in basement responsible for adjacent rowhouse being unlivable due to smell

The rowhouse homeowner was doing renovations & hired a contractor to remove the old oil tank in the basement. They dropped the tank and oil spilled on basement floor. The smell permeated the walls of the adjacent rowhouse causing an overpowering smell. The dog began throwing up. The 6-month-old... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on May 16, 2022

I assume you meant St. Charles, Maryland, and not Missouri. First, try calling the county department of the environment or health department to report the toxic spill and contamination affecting neighboring properties and health.

Second, call your homeowner's insurance company and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Energy, Oil and Gas for Maryland on
Q: Are all apartment units in Maryland required to be submetered?

I have been getting charged from my utility company for gas when I physically shut off our gas because we don’t use it I’m in a middle apartment with units above and below no need to turn on the heat when I called the utility company about this they said the meter was broken so they charge us... View More

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on Mar 16, 2021

The only requirement is that the lease address how utilities are to be charged and paid, whether by individually metered use or by a collective prorated charge. Look at your lease. If the lease says you should have a separate metered unit, and the meter is broken, the landlord needs to fix the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Energy, Oil and Gas and Gov & Administrative Law for Maryland on
Q: What are the time limits for seeking judicial review of an order issued by the Maryland Public Service Commission?

The Maryland Public Service Commission recently approved electric rate increases to subsidize two offshore wind projects. In so doing it appears to have violated the Maryland Offshore Wind Act of 2013, which requires that a project must pass a cost-benefit test before the PSC can approve it. The... View More

Glenn B. Manishin
Glenn B. Manishin
answered on Jul 14, 2017

1. Timing: You have 30 days to petition for judicial review pursuant to MD Rules R. 7-203.

2. Standing: Under MD Pub Util Code § 3-202, "a party or person in interest" can appeal. Federal law for FCC appeals construes similar language to require that the appellant/petitioner be a...
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