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Court OKs Cove Point LNG export plans

Richmond, Va.-based Dominion announced Friday that it will move forward with plans to export liquefied natural gas from its Cove Point facility in Southern Maryland.

Pipelines run from the to the liquefied natural gas tanks at Dominion Resources’ facility in Lusby. (File photo)

The announcement followed a ruling Friday in Calvert County Circuit Court that Dominion Cove Point’s agreement with environmental agencies allows it to build liquefaction facilities inside the plant’s fenced area and export LNG. The Sierra Club had maintained Dominion needed its permission to build the facilities. The ruling came from Judge James P. Salmon, a retired Court of Special Appeals judge who heard the case by special assignment.

Dominion said the liquefaction project is expected to cost $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion.

“Dominion has made considerable progress towards a project that will bring jobs and revenues to the national and local economies,” Thomas F. Farrell II, president, chief executive officer and chairman of Dominion,” said in a statement.

“We have received support from business, labor, government, community and environmental groups for a major construction project that would bring great benefits to many people. We look forward to working with the Sierra Club and other involved environmental groups to continue the outstanding record of environmental cooperation at Dominion Cove Point.”