The Calvert County, Md., Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to learn about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval of the proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project slated for Dominion’s Lusby, Md., LNG terminal.

FERC’s order approving the project was announced Sept. 29, 2014. The order clears the way for an expansion allowing the facility to receive a portion of surplus U.S. natural gas supplies and liquefy it for export to overseas customers.

The BOCC recognizes the major economic impact the Dominion Cove Point liquefaction project will have on the county, state and nation. The liquefaction project promises to bring thousands of temporary construction jobs during the peak of construction activity and, once in operation, more than 70 permanent new jobs.
The Cove Point facility has been a partner and asset in Calvert County for more than 30 years and has exercised outstanding environmental stewardship and a commitment to the community. The full BOCC welcomes the liquefaction project as a strong complement to the county’s economic development efforts.

Dominion Cove Point is owned and operated by Dominion Resources and has been in operation since 1978. Dominion Cove Point is the only LNG import, and soon to be export, facility in the state of Maryland. We will continue to work with Dominion to ensure that safety remains paramount in our community.

“We are pleased that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved Dominion’s proposal, which promises to be one of Maryland’s largest economic development projects” said BOCC President Pat Nutter. “The Board of County Commissioners recognizes the important role that FERC and many other federal, state and local agencies will play in ensuring this facility is built to the strictest industry standards. We appreciate FERC’s thorough, open review process and look forward to working with Dominion as the project moves ahead.”

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