Despite small victories with natural gas development in Maryland it has been a major struggle the whole way. Even the Cove Point liquified natural gas (LNG) export facility has proven to be a major challenge.
Maryland still has a moratorium on shale gas development and getting it lifted has proved to be an extended battle, a long slog. The Cove Point facility, which is important to natural gas development not only in Maryland, but throughout the Marcellus Shale region, is currently a natural gas import facility ran by Dominion, a Virginia-based energy company. However, to no one’s surprise, it, too, has faced several hurdles and opposition from the same fractivists who oppose development of the Marcellus in Western Maryland.
The now little-used Cove Point facility is proposed for a $3.4 billion upgrade to transform it into an international LNG export facility. Although there is forward progress here as well, the opposition from the usual suspects has been intense. Understanding the dynamics of the opposition requires stepping back to take a look at the Maryland fractivist circus act when it comes to anything to do with natural gas in our state.