Since 2002, the Dominion Foundation has provided nearly $2.3 million in grants within the state of Maryland, including more than $500,000 to Calvert County nonprofits. Dominion employees have logged more than 1,300 volunteer hours in the community around Cove Point since 2005.
The liquefaction project limits local impact
No additional local pipelines will be needed for the project.
Many existing facilities, including tanks and the pier, will be used.
Cove Point consists of 1,000 acres, much of which is under conservation easements. The additional facilities required by the project will be built entirely within the existing 130-acre terminal area already used for operations, minimizing land use and environmental impact.
To limit traffic during construction, most construction workers will park offsite and be shuttled in by bus. The temporary offsite parking areas will be restored upon project completion.
A number of road improvements will result from the project. This includes adding a traffic signal and lane extensions at the busy intersection of Maryland 2/4 and Cove Point Road (Maryland 497), and adding or improving turning lanes at Cove Point Road and Little Cove Point Road.
Construction will not affect Cove Point Park.
Sound barriers hidden by existing tall trees will dampen sound coming from the facility.
A temporary pier built on the Patuxent River will be removed upon project completion.
Large equipment will be moved to the construction site during the night to minimize traffic congestion.
Ships coming to Cove Point will be required to change ballasts outside the bay, just as other ships currently do.
On average the terminal will see about one ship every four days, a minimal change compared with current bay traffic.