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Challenging A Chesapeake Bay Gas Export Terminal

The Patuxent River is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Patuxent River is a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Photo courtesy of John H. Gray

What's at Stake

Earthjustice is challenging a massive export terminal for fracked gas that is proposed in the Chesapeake Bay estuary—a major threat to the local ecology and to communities across the eastern U.S. already under siege from the fracking boom.

Case Overview

Dominion Cove Point is a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal proposed for the Chesapeake Bay. The proposed terminal will be the only LNG export facility on the east coast, providing foreign markets with access to natural gas from the Marcellus Shale, which lies beneath New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, western Maryland, Shenandoah Valley Virginia and West Virginia. Demands for natural gas exports will mean more dangerous fracking, especially in Pennsylvania, as well as more pollution of the communities' air and water and destruction of their land.

In addition to these undesirable environmental impacts, the facility will have consequences for the sensitive estuary ecology of the Chesapeake Bay itself. Major concerns include a substantial increase in ship traffic of huge—and potentially explosive—LNG tankers on the Bay and at Cove Point, as well as the risks posed by dumping billions of gallons of ballast water into this large and complex estuary, made up of a network of rivers, wetlands, and forests.

Once in full operation, Dominion Cove Point will also emit thousands of tons of dangerous air pollutants and millions of tons of greenhouse gases that will only add to increased climate disruption. Earthjustice is challenging the facility on behalf of a coalition of local, regional and national groups.

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