- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Protestors stood outside the headquarters of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., every day this week to demand a moratorium on gas export projects, including the proposed LNG export facility at Dominion Cove Point in Lusby.
From noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, residents from Calvert County participated in the picket line to spread their message, specifically about safety concerns.
“We feel as though FERC is not listening, so we went to the FERC headquarters to deliver the message right to them,” Tracey Eno, Lusby resident and member of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community, said Wednesday.
About nine Calvert residents joined others from the region.
“Our goal wasn’t to have a huge crowd,” Eno said. “The point was to make a point.”
Eno said the group is frustrated with the lack of safety and emergency information dealing with Dominion Cove Point, how commissioners from FERC didn’t attend the daylong public hearing in Lusby last month and that the Lusby facility would be an experiment.
“It’s really questionable they’ll get this right the first time,” Eno said.
FERC approves second LNG export project
FERC authorized Cameron LNG to site, construct and operate facilities to liquefy and export domestically produced natural gas from its existing facility in Cameron Parish, La., on June 19, according to a press release.
Cameron LNG is the second facility in the country to be authorized to do so. An additional LNG export facility, Sabine Pass, is currently under construction in Louisiana. FERC issued its approval for the Sabine Pass project in April 2012, according to the release. The facility’s proposal to expand that facility is pending, along with 12 other LNG export proposals, according to the release.
Calvert Chamber writes letter of support
A letter was uploaded to FERC’s online docket for the proposed LNG export project at Dominion Cove Point on June 23 from the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, expressing strong support for the controversial multibillion-dollar expansion.
“Dominion is a vital part of our business community and the success of the expansion project will be felt locally, regionally and across the state,” states the letter, signed by the chamber’s president, Carolyn Hart.
In the letter, Hart expresses confidence that the facility will be built and operated safely according to high environmental and safety standards. On behalf of the chamber, Hart urged the commission to approve Dominion’s application.
The 30-day public comment period for the environmental assessment released by the commission in May ended June 16.