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The Maryland Public Service Commission stated May 30, 2014: "The Commission found in its review that the project [Cove Point Expansion], as proposed, would not provide net benefits to Maryland citizens." With that statement and a conditional approval, the Maryland commission has thrown the political hot potato that is Cove Point into the hands of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Thousands will rally in Washington D.C. on July 13th to emphasize that the Cove Point expansion is dangerous and unhealthy to the large surrounding communities and the environment; any benefits are far outweighed by the risks - click on the banner to the left for more information.
Federal regulations require LNG facilities to assess and measure noise sensitive areas within 1 mile of noise sources (above graphic is an approximation); Dominion only assessed and measured two areas within 300 feet of the facility. The industrial-level noise will be relentless, significantly increasing (almost double) from current volumes and being heard 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, year in and year out for decades... there are 1,070 addresses and 2,473 residents, Cove Point Park, County Golf Course, St Paul's United Methodist Church/School, and Calvert Cliffs State Park within 1 mile of proposed LNG noise sources that have been completely ignored.
On March 31, 2014 in Plymouth, WA faulty equipment, similar to the proposed Cove Point plan, caused an explosion and fire; shrapnel as heavy as 250lbs flew 300 yards and punctured an LNG storage tank. An area of 2 miles was evacuated, less than 1000 residents and workers. The same explosion and evacuation at Cove Point would involve 2, 400 homes, 20 daycare centers, 2 public schools, plus churches, shops, and campgrounds.
On April 23, 2014 near Opal, WY an LNG processing train, similar to what is proposed to be installed at Cove Point, exploded and burned for hours. A 3 mile area was evacuated including the entire town of Opal - 98 residents. The same explosion at Cove Point would require the evacuation of thousands of people from over 3000 homes as well as children in 5 public schools; are there enough local safety assets and buses to evacuate these numbers safely and in time? The designated Calvert County evacuation center for LNG incidents, Patuxent High School, would fall within this area - safety concerns need to be addressed based on recent, similar LNG incidents!
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