Controversy at Cove Point
The scenic Cove Point Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Chesapeake Bay, sits two miles east of the Dominion LNG facility. Photo by Paul Lebra
Natural Gas Production Should be Comprehensively Assessed
With the rapid growth in natural gas production resulting from hydraulic fracturing technology, energy producers are looking for ways to expand to new markets. One way to do that is to export U.S. supplies overseas.
Dominion Energy—owner of the Cove Point LNG (liquefied natural gas) import terminal in Calvert County, Md.—is proposing to add LNG export to that facility. The gas would be transported via a pipe to its new complex. The proposal is to expand the existing terminal into an export facility. This conversion is currently under review by federal and state regulatory agencies.
CBF does not oppose the proposed Cove Point export LNG facility per se. Our concerns for the cumulative impacts of natural gas development do, however, call for a thorough and region-wide assessment of impacts from drilling and the subsequent natural gas distribution system, including any impacts associated with the proposed Cove Point export facility. [Note: CBF does not and has not received financial support from Dominion Power or any of its subsidiaries.]
In March 2014, CBF reissued an earlier petition to the President's Council on Environmental Quality to conduct a federal Programmatic Environmental Impact Study (PEIS) of all cumulative impacts of natural gas development in the region.