Coast Guard releases Cove Point expansion project letter of recommendation

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard signed a Letter of Recommendation (LOR) today, after completing its assessment of the waterway for the Dominion Cove Point’s expansion project.

Capt. Patrick Trapp, Captain of the Port of Hampton Roads, Va., and Cmdr. Austin Gould, alternate Captain of the Port of Baltimore, jointly signed the LOR after no significant environmental impacts associated with the increase in LNG marine traffic or the safety and security measures outlined in Cove Point’s Waterway Suitability Assessment were found.

“The cooperation between Dominion Cove Point, the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department and the Coast Guard is extraordinarily close. Working together, we will extend the same safety and security protection Cove Point currently enjoys to any new marine traffic,” said Gould.

The Coast Guard’s LOR is based on the Waterway Suitability Report dated April 14, 2006 and a Waterway Suitability Report Supplement dated June 15, 2007 and the Waterway Suitability Assessment (WSA) submitted by Det Norske Veritas on behalf of Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP, on Jan. 12, 2006. The WSA considered the waterways leading up to the Cove Point LNG terminal on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay just north of Cove Point from the limit of the territorial sea beyond Cape Henry, Va. The Coast Guard has completed its analysis of the environmental impacts of the proposed LOR and reached a finding of no significant impact on June 5, 2008.

The Coast Guard does not approve or deny an application to build an onshore LNG project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is responsible for authorizing the siting, construction and operation of onshore LNG facilities. The Coast Guard is responsible for evaluating the suitability of the waterway for LNG marine traffic.
Editors Note: To download a copy of the Coast Guards LOR, Click here. To download a copy of the WSR, Click here.

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