US Federal Court Refuses to Halt Construction of LNG Unit

Published By : 17 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

A United States federal appeals court has refused to stop the construction of a liquefied natural gas export unit in the state of Maryland as it mulls a legal challenge to the approval of the project.

A panel comprising of three judges of the US court of Appeals for the District of Columbia refused to pass a motion for a stay on the construction of the Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas project. The three judge panel stated that the opposition party had not fulfilled the stringent legal requirements for a motion such as this. Nor had the opponents given any strong or compelling reasons for their actions.

Local citizen and environmental groups has asked the federal appeals court to halt construction while the lawsuit goes over the approval of the Dominion facility last year by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. They challenged that local residents were suffering from heavy traffic, dust, and noise related to the work. It was also contended that some residents were hoping to sell of their houses due to the disruption and out of safety once the LNG unit is operational. 

Earthjustice filed the motion on behalf of the Maryland Sierra Club, the Patuxent Riverkeeper, and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Last month the citizen and environmental groups had filed a suit challenging that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has gone against federal laws by failing to take into consideration that the construction of the Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas project would contribute to the global climate change and result in air and water pollution. A spokesperson for Earthjustice said that the federal appeals court is yet to make a ruling on the benefits of that challenge and that while this is going on, opponents will continue to proceed with the lawsuit.

The US$3.8 billion project is likely to be completed by 2017.
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