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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved the construction of the Cove Point Liquified Natural Gas Export Facility, located at Lusby, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. This is the first LNG export facility on the East Coast and poses a severe threat to the local community and the Bay. We, along with a coalition of environmental groups, stood in opposition to the construction of this facility. This incidence is of particular concern to Potomac Riverkeeper due to upstream impacts, including water quality issues from drilling, pipelines, and land erosion, as fracking sites expand across the region.
Status Update: Legal actions challenging FERC’s approval of Cove Point have failed. A coalition of groups have continued the legal battle by filing a challenge of the US Department of Energy’s approval of the project. We continue to monitor fracking and pipeline developments within the Potomac Watershed to ensure water quality safety and river health.