Dominion will dominate, local residents and ecosystems be damned
Regarding Robert S. Weiner’s May 6 Local Opinions essay, “Another health risk in Charles County?”:
I recall the bigger recent battles over the building and opening of a large gas export facility in Lusby, Md., at Cove Point. Dominion Energy is a fierce opponent when its potential profits are at stake. Mr. Weiner reported that a public hearing had 60 speakers opposed and only four in favor of the Bryans Road project. He also listed many of the safety and health concerns that have local folks worried. None of that will matter. Charles County is just another domino that will fall to the rich and powerful. But it’s not the president’s fault. Plans and foundational work on all of the Cove Point projects, including Bryans Road, were made long before the 2016 election.
The Cove Point plant threatens the fragile Chesapeake Bay and lies within sight of the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant. The construction of a very tall wall around the gas plant notwithstanding, the Cove Point gas plant stores a number of nasty chemicals. That, along with gas releases, means the health of all Marylanders is at risk.
Those of us in southern Calvert County who opposed the Cove Point plant were outflanked by promises of large tax payouts to the county, local spending and even direct payments to the Calvert Sheriff’s Office for special patrols. Dominion knows how to grease the wheels. The local politicos and those in Annapolis just let it all happen. I suspect the Bryans Road community project is a fait accompli. Herbert Butler,