Cove Point Natural Gas (LNG) Export Facility

Waterkeepers Chesapeake began fighting the construction of Dominion’s fracked gas export facility on the Chesapeake Bay at Cove Point when it first submitted its application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Unfortunately, in July 2016 the D.C. Circuit Court upheld FERC’s “Finding of No Significant Impact,” with regards to the Cove Point LNG export facility in Lusby, MD. FERC failed its obligation to protect the residents of Maryland and people who live in the Chesapeake Bay region.

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Stop Dominion’s Air Pollution at Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Facility!

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FERC Must Consider ‘Indirect Effects’ of Climate Change Impacts of Pipelines says D.C. Circuit

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WKC Sept 2016 Enews: Challenges of Keeping Our Water Clean

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Statement: Waterkeepers Chesapeake on DC Circuit Court Decision on Cove Point

Federal regulators are in place to regulate. We are disheartened that, regarding the Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas export facility in Lusby, MD, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) not only arrived at a “Finding of No Significant Impact,” but that the D.C. Circuit Court upheld that decision in a recent ruling. FERC had an … Read more

Environmental Groups Challenge Maryland Liquefied Natural Gas Facility Before D.C. Circuit Court

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Groups Urge Court to Reverse Approval of Cove Point LNG Export Facility

Federal regulator approved construction of massive $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas export facility on the Chesapeake Bay without considering all environmental and safety impacts (Washington, DC)  Several groups have filed arguments against the continued construction of the Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the Chesapeake Bay at Lusby, Maryland. In September 2014, the … Read more

Waterkeepers Chesapeake Denounces Federal Ruling On Cove Point Gas Export Facility

Federal regulator approves massive $3.8 billion construction of liquefied natural gas export facility on the Chesapeake Bay without considering all environmental and safety impacts For immediate release September 30, 2014 Washington, DC – Waterkeepers Chesapeake denounces yesterday’s decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to authorize the controversial liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility proposed … Read more

Federal Regulators Set to Impose LNG Export Facility on Chesapeake Bay, Ignoring Public Outcry & Science

Monday, June 16 marked the end of a contested 30-day public comment period on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the controversial $3.8 billion plan, proposed by Virginia-based Dominion Resources, to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Cove Point Maryland. Dominion’s plan is to convert an existing import facility into an … Read more