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Dominion Resources won an important legal victory last week when a court ruled in favor of its plan to export natural gas from the terminal at Cove Point in Lusby, Md. > Read more.
Proponents and opponents of the plan to build a multi-billion dollar liquefaction facility at a Lusby gas plant are claiming triumph after a well-attended public hearing Saturday, March 1. > Read more.
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals ruled late Friday that Dominion Cove Point could proceed with its plans to add a LNG export facility. The court affirmed a lower court ruling, turning down an attempt by the Sierra Club to stop the project.
Dominion continues to pursue the approvals and permits to start construction, including approvals from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Maryland Public Service Commission.
Why the Environmental Community Should Support Cove Point by Pamela F. Faggert, Dominion's Chief Environmentalist
Dominion has named two officers to its Cove Point LNG Terminal team as it awaits necessary federal and state permits to begin construction of a facility to liquefy natural gas for export. Michael D. "Mike" Frederick, who previously was director-LNG Operations at Cove Point, is returning to the Calvert County facility as vice president-LNG Operations. Robert B. "Bob" McKinley, vice president-Generation Construction for Dominion Generation, is becoming vice president-Cove Point Construction. (> View our news release for details.)
Calvert County and Southern Maryland officials joined citizens, business leaders and labor representatives in Annapolis to show strong support for Dominion’s plan to export natural gas from its Cove Point terminal in Lusby. (> View a video of the meeting.)
Listen to comments below from Calvert County leadership, a business owner and resident, and a trade union representative:
The Maryland Public Service Commission has set the procedural schedule for Dominion’s application to build an electric generation station to power the proposed natural gas liquefaction facility at its Cove Point LNG Terminal in Lusby, Md.
Dominion received approval from the U.S. Department of Energy for natural gas exports to non-Free Trade Agreement countries. (> View news release.) The Washington Post endorsed the DOE’s decision in its September 18, 2013 editions. (> View the Washington Post editorial.)
On October 7, 2011, the DOE approved Dominion’s application to export to countries with Free Trade Agreements. The company filed in March with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval of the proposed facilities.
Dominion filed its FERC Application for the project on April 1, 2013. The FERC Docket No. is CP13-113 and the filing may be viewed on the FERC website. In addition, FERC issued the Notice of Application which opens a comment period in which stakeholders can (1) become an intervenor (i.e., obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceeding) and/or (2) submit comments in support of or in opposition to the project. This comment period ends on May 3, 2013.
Dominion announced that it has reached three major milestones in its Dominion Cove Point LNG liquefaction project, pushing it to the forefront among proposed North American LNG liquefaction projects. (> Get details in our news release.)
View a video featuring Thomas F. Farrell II, Chairman, President and CEO of Dominion Resources, as he tells Wall Street Journal's Russel Gold that companies could profit from exporting natural gas.
Dominion began moving forward with engineering, marketing and regulatory review processes after a declaratory judgment confirmed its right to build liquefaction facilities at Dominion Cove Point. Circuit Court Judge James P. Salmon of Maryland ruled that Dominion Cove Point's agreement with environmental agencies allows it to build liquefaction facilities inside the plant's fenced area and export liquefied natural gas. The Sierra Club had maintained Dominion needed its permission to build the facilities. (> Get details in our news release.)
Dominion commented on a new macroeconomic study from the Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy that confirms that selling natural gas to other countries will result in net economic benefits for the United States. (> View the news release.)