Do­min­ion will dom­i­nate, lo­cal res­i­dents and ecosys­tems be damned

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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,

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