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Keith Rushing, Earthjustice Campaign Press Secretary at or 202-797-5236

Court Order Sought to Halt Liquified Natural Gas Terminal Construction

WASHINGTON - Maryland residents and environmental groups, including Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Sierra Club, have filed a motion at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C., calling on the court to halt construction of Dominion's planned Cove Point Liquified Natural Gas export terminal. The emergency motion for a stay was filed Monday evening. Those who filed are asking the court to grant the motion by June 17 when construction of the terminal's foundation could begin.

The groups say that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to comply with federal law by not fully examining the safety and environmental impacts of the proposed terminal, which is already under construction.

Residents who live in Calvert County, Md., where the terminal is under construction, cite the high volume of combustible chemicals that could be stored there and explosion riks, in addition to other safety and environmental concerns that should be addressed before any construction is considered. A number of these residents have moved becasue of safety concerns and a degradatoin of their quality of life.


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