DOE Grants Cove Point LNG Final Approval, Earthjustice Sues

Big-news.jpgWe have two big pieces of news to share with you today about the Cove Point, Maryland LNG export facility being built by Dominion. The first is that yesterday, after a years-long process, the Obama Dept. of Energy finally gave Dominion their final stamp of approval to build the facility. Last month we pointed out this last piece of the puzzle still had not fallen into place (see Cove Point LNG Plant STILL Waiting for Final DOE Approval?!). It now has. There is nothing else in the way to stop the project. Except, possibly, a lawsuit–which is the second big piece of news. On Wednesday we told you that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had finally, this week, responded to a request for a re-hearing on the facility demanded by anti-drilling groups. FERC declined (see FERC Says “No” to Anti’s Request for Cove Point LNG Re-hearing). As we explained on Wednesday, the groups needed an official response from FERC on a re-hearing before they could launch yet another frivolous lawsuit. As we predicted on Wednesday, they’ve now filed a frivolous lawsuit in another last-gasp attempt to stop the Cove Point export facility from becoming reality…

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