U.S. green groups asked federal regulators on Wednesday to allow more time for public comment on an environmental review of Dominion Resources' Cove Point liquefied natural gas export project, a move that could delay permitting for the facility.Or a few minutes boat ride from my harbor, as I demonstrated yesterday. The docks have been here the full 30 years that I have lived here, and were only operational for a short period in the last few years as an import facility.
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network and Earthjustice petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to extend its comment period for the review by 60 days, which would push the deadline for public input on the project to Aug. 13.
The groups said additional time was needed to "fully analyze the highly technical information" included in the review issued last week, which found Dominion's Cove Point project would not have a significant impact on the environment.
Absent a delay, FERC is expected to decide on the project's fate some time this summer. The Cove Point complex is on Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, a little more than a hour's drive from Washington.
It's never been about the safety or the environmental effects of turning Dominions Cove Point facility. It's always been about an unreasoning hatred of fossil fuels, the fracking that has produced the flow of natural gas to the point that export is a viable option, and industrialization in general. I'd have more respect for them if they rode horses to their jobs within the beltway, and lived sustainable in mud huts that were heated and lit with horse dung fires. Because that's where they want to take us.