Dominion seeks to amend certificate
Wants more flexibility at Cove Point facility
Residents can comment on Dominion’s request to amend its Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity at a public hearing to be held by the Maryland Public Service Commission in less than two weeks.
The comments, both spoken during the hearing and written ones, are limited to two modifications Dominion is requesting, according to a release from the
Issued by the commission in 2014, the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity authorized Dominion Cove Point to construct a 130-megawatt generating station to serve its liquefied natural gas export facility in Lusby.
The company filed a motion in August asking to remove what
Dominion called “an unnecessary emission limit” on volatile organic compounds and to permit the use of existing combustion turbines to supply backup power if needed, to “allow for operational flexibility to maintain reliability of the liquefaction project.”
“Eliminating the VOC numeric limit will not change in any way how the project is
constructed and operated, or how leaks are identified and repaired,” Dominion said in a filed document. “Nor will it change the actual fugitive emissions associated with the piping and equipment components.”
On the second modification, Dominion is requesting authorization to use its existing three GE Frame 3 and Solar Titan turbines to maintain full operation of the project in scenarios such as when the site loses power or other turbines are not available.
Dominion said “there is no emissions increase associated
with this requested operational flexibility.”
As the company’s $3.8 billion expansion project is expected to wrap up by the end of this year, Dominion asks the commission to “consider and rule on the proposed amendment expeditiously” — no later than Nov. 15.
We Are Cove Point, a Calvert grassroots organization formed in protest to the Dominion Cove Point LNG expansion project, said the proposed request for changes would likely mean more VOCs, worsening
air quality and ozone quality.
Dominion is asking “to use additional generators to help supply power to its fracked gas export terminal and liquefaction facility in Cove Point,” the group’s website said in a web post.
The second request is “to throw out strict monitoring of its emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and greatly increase the amount of VOCs that would be allowed into the air around the facility and the lungs of every living thing near it,” the post states.
The hearing will start at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 in the Patuxent High School auditorium at 12485 Southern Connector Blvd. in Lusby.
For more information on the case, No. 9318, go to www. psc. state. md. us/ search- results/? keyword= 9318& x. x=13&x.y=10&search=case.
Written comments can be sent to David J. Collins, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Service Commission, at 6 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202-6806, by Oct. 16.
Expected to be operational later this year, Dominion will be able to import and export natural gas out of Cove Point.