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Members of congress disappointed with Cove Point decision

LNG Industry,

US Senators Ben Cardin, Barbara A. Mikulski, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen, have expressed their disappointment after the FERC denied their request to extend the public comment period on the environmental assessment on Dominion’s proposed LNG facility at Cove Point.


“We are extremely disappointed by FERC’s denial of our simple request for an additional 30 days for the public comment period during the environmental assessment on Dominion’s proposed natural gas liquefaction facility at Cove Point. With considerable public interest and a great deal of substantive and technical information within the initial draft of the environmental assessment, we believe it is reasonable and appropriate for the Commission to provide our constituents with additional time to review, understand, and comment on this document.

“Our request respected the process set forth by FERC and was based on agency precedent. It’s unfortunate FERC has denied this request, refusing to respect the need for Marylanders to have sufficient time to review and understand the contents of the environmental assessment document and provide comment to the agency as it prepares to make a final decision on the project.”

EPA request

Earlier in June, the US Environmental Protection Agency requested a 30-day extension period to conduct a review of the Cove Point LNG project in Maryland, US. It has since withdrawn its request.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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