Peter Galuszka stated that natural gas “does not represent the long-term future of energy for Maryland or anywhere” [“An energy dilemma at Md.’s Cove Point,” Local Opinions, June 16]. So why does he support letting Virginia-based Dominion Transmission establish a massive gas export facility in Southern Maryland? Short-term profits don’t justify the long-term pain that will come to local communities and the climate.
Establishing this gas export hub at Cove Point represents a $3.8 billion detour from clean-energy solutions that are ready now. Much of the gas would come from fracking, a drilling process that has led to contaminated drinking water, felled forests and even earthquakes. Transporting gas from fracking sites across Appalachia to tanker ships on the Chesapeake Bay will require a growing web of fossil-fuel infrastructure that could eventually snake through places like Fairfax, Frederick and everywhere in between. Pipelines and compressor stations bring with them a significant risk of explosions and pollution.