Description: Action seeking declaratory judgment that Sierra Club’s effort to block conversion of LNG terminal into export facility had no basis under a 2005 agreement.
Dominion Cove Point LNG, L.P. v. Sierra Club
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 01/02/2013 Opinion and Order Download Opinion and order issued. The Maryland Circuit Court ruled in favor of Dominion Cove Point, concluding that the agreement permitted construction and operation of facilities for liquification of natural gas and also permitted export of liquefied natural gas from the terminal site. 05/18/2012 Complaint Download Complaint filed. An energy company sought a declaratory judgment that an agreement between it and the Sierra Club pertaining to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal allows it to convert the terminal into an LNG export facility. Specifically, the lawsuit sought a declaratory judgment that the Sierra Club’s effort to block the conversion had no basis under the agreement. Under a series of agreements between the two parties, major changes to the terminal and adjacent areas could not be made without the environmental group’s approval.
In re Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/18/2016 Opinion and Order Download DOE issued opinion and order denying request for rehearing. Department of Energy Denied Request to Reconsider Export of LNG from Terminal in Maryland. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) denied a request by Sierra Club for reconsideration of its authorization for export to non-free trade agreement nations of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the Dominion Cove Point LNG terminal in Maryland. DOE said it had thoroughly considered the greenhouse gas impacts of its actions and rejected Sierra Club’s other arguments regarding shortcomings in the environmental review. Among other things, DOE said induced natural gas production attributable to the project was not required to be assessed because it was not reasonably foreseeable. DOE also rejected the argument that the impacts of potential increased use of coal in power generation should be examined, finding that the relationship between DOE’s determination and increased coal consumption was even more attenuated than for increased natural gas production. DOE also found that the methodology used for the Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report was reasonable and that DOE had properly considered economic benefits and impacts.