PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (AP) - The fight over a proposal to allow exports of liquefied natural gas from a southern Maryland terminal is heading to court.
Both sides are asking a Calvert County judge to rule in their favor before trial. A hearing is scheduled Monday afternoon in Prince Frederick on the motions.
Dominion Resources has proposed spending up to $3 billion to upgrade the LNG terminal to export increasing amounts of natural gas being produced by new hydraulic fracturing techniques. The Sierra Club opposes exports, which it says could harm the bay and nearby Calvert Cliffs State Park, increase natural gas prices and promote hydraulic fracturing, which critics say harms the environment.
Federal officials have already approved LNG exports in Louisiana and the Maryland proposal is among a number of others also seeking approval.