The AMP Creeks Council Wins Cove Point LNG Terminal Court Case Against Calvert County

August 12, 2014

Dominion Cove PointCalvert County Circuit Court Judge James Salmon handed down a decision that has significant implications for the proposed Cove Point LNG export terminal. Judge Salmon found a Calvert County law, passed specifically to clear the way for Dominion Cove Point’s export project, to be in violation of the Maryland Constitution.

The decision was the result of a legal challenge brought by the AMP Creeks Council. AMP Creeks filed suit to contest what it claimed was an attempt by Calvert County to illegally enact a “special law” to fast track Dominion’s pet project.

Judge Salmon ruled in AMP’s favor and specifically stated that “…Ordinance No. 46-13 is invalid for two independent reasons. First, the Ordinance violates the uniformity provision…of the Land Use article. Secondly, the Ordinance constitutes a “special law” that violates the provision of Article III, § 33 of the Maryland Constitution.”

In 2013, the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners and the Calvert Count Planning Commission enacted a text amendment exempting Dominion Cove Point’s LNG project from local zoning. This text amendment exempted Dominion Cove Point’s proposed LNG export facility from local permitting processes designed to protect and safeguard the community.

The AMP Creeks Council’s legal team is still sorting out the implications of this ruling. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has been widely expected to grant Dominion final permits to proceed with the construction of their LNG export terminal.

This ruling may throw a wrench in those works. “This is a remarkable victory for the people of Lusby, Maryland, and folks fighting fracking and LNG exports throughout the Mid-Atlantic region,” said Kelly Canavan, President of The AMP Creeks Council.

This is one three current cases the AMP Creeks Council is pursuing in the matter of the Cove Point project. A related case against Calvert County over the denial of a Public Information Act request is pending, as is an appeal of a Maryland Public Service Commission decision.

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9 Responses to The AMP Creeks Council Wins Cove Point LNG Terminal Court Case Against Calvert County

  1. igotsomegas on August 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Let the People of Calvert County vote on this project and you will see it would be approved, loser can stop crying…

  2. For Real on August 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    BRAVO!!!

  3. Gary B on August 12, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Why don’t you AMP Creek Council people go hug a tree somewhere else. Alot of people are counting on this project for employment, myself included.

    • Anonymous on August 18, 2014 at 3:48 am

      They are filthy lawyers that get filthy rich either taxing or stealing and can’t buy boats unless people’s money gets in their pockets one way or another

  4. joyous on August 13, 2014 at 6:44 am

    I can only imagine that these fine AMP folks don’t drive cars, eat red meat and heat their homes with a candle and probably smell like a chicken coop because they only bathe on Saturdays.

  5. cheywolf on August 13, 2014 at 8:29 am

    And now another company will take their business to another state, more loss of jobs, business and revenue. So when the taxes go up even higher then what, who are you going to blame then?

  6. research on August 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Let the people that live within the evacuation zone vote on it, and you will see it WOULD NOT be approved. Lots of misinformation floating around on both sides. Quite interesting that the evacuation route includes PRIVATELY funded roads in a PRIVATE community. These roads are not up to county or state standards and neither entity will take responsibility of them, but they are acceptable for an emergency evacuation route? Try sending the entire population of Lusby & Solomons over that crumbling bridge…see what happens…

  7. Jane on August 13, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I am actually just beginning to look for a house in Cove Point and I say bring it on!!!!!!

  8. Hose B on August 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Dumb ass libtards!