Do­min­ion seeks to amend cer­tifi­cate

Wants more flex­i­bil­ity at Cove Point fa­cil­ity

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By DANDAN ZOU dzou@somd­news.com

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

com­mis­sion.

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY DANDAN ZOU

Ex­pected to be op­er­a­tional later this year, Do­min­ion will be able to im­port and ex­port nat­u­ral gas out of Cove Point.

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