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Cove Point LNG ‘OK’ Brings Dismay

PHOTO: The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminal in Calvert County is being challenged by community and environmental groups. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.
PHOTO: The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Liquefied Natural Gas Export Terminal in Calvert County is being challenged by community and environmental groups. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy.
October 1, 2014

BALTIMORE - Reaction has been strong to federal approval of plans to build a liquefied natural gas export facility on Chesapeake Bay in Calvert County.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave the go-ahead to Dominion Resources on Monday night, and community and environmental groups on Tuesday indicated they'll ask for reconsideration and would go to court if needed.

Tracey Eno, a member of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community, said the risks of storing chemicals and all the new pipelines needed for the project weren't considered.

"We're just appalled that our government officials and agencies are showing such blatant disregard for us, for our health and for our lives," she said, "that they would even consider putting this project in a highly-populated residential area."

She said about 20,000 people live near the proposed site. FERC has stated that the project simply changes an import station into an export facility.

Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, questioned why FERC would approve the project when the agency says it can't determine where the gas would come from to be exported to Asia. Tidwell said he finds that unbelievable.

"If it weren't for the boom in fracking across the Marcellus Shale," he said, "would they be building the Cove Point LNG export facility? Of course not. Of course this is driven by the fracking boom."

Attorney Jocelyn D'Ambrosio with Earthjustice said a facility of this scale needs a full environmental assessment, and they're ready to go to court if the decision isn't reconsidered.

"FERC's order just continues to fail to take a hard look at the safety implications about building an export terminal in a residential community," she said. "FERC's also failed to take into account that this $3.8 billion facility is going to be a major emitter of climate pollution."

Other organizations voicing concern include Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper, Patuxent Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, Shenandoah Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD