On October 19, 2017, the Public Service Commission again took public comment on Dominion’s amendment, to allow speakers who had signed to speak on October 2nd , couldn’t due to time constraints. They also allowed anyone who was not able to make the October 2nd meeting to sign to speak.
Dominion Energy Cove Point officials say the amendment is not to allow more pollutants in the air. It is a reconfiguration, due to piping and valves. Dominion Energy will implement the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) program rather than the numeric VOC limit to control fugitive emissions.
The meeting was attended by approximately 150 from Calvert and nearby communities. During the public comments, there were a few inaccurate quotes from those who had not followed the history of the project from the beginning, such as Governor Hogan had allowed the project to happen. Another speaker said the second meeting had not been advertised and he had just found out about it.
The meeting was held at Mill Creek Middle School in Lusby. Opponents of the amendment brought up the same issues such as air pollution, wanting a quantitative risk assessment done before letting Dominion start operating. Those in favor spoke of the jobs it bought to the area and the money that was pumped into businesses. The supporters also spoke of their confidence in Dominion Energy Cove Point to operate in a safe manner.
Dominion Energy Cove Point has asked the commission to consider and rule on the proposed amendment, no later than November 15. Dominion’s request is listed on the commission’s November 15 meeting draft agenda. But it is unclear whether the commission will vote on the item during that meeting, said Terry Romaine, the commission’s chief public utility law judge.
The meeting will be streamed live on the Internet via www.psc.state.md.us
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon