Dominion Will Not Relocate Charles Station Compressor Station.
Above Photo: From AMP Creeks Council
The AMP Creeks Council is thrilled to share with you that all of our collective hard, grassroots work has paid off in a rare decisive victory against energy giant Dominion Energy Cove Point, LNG (DECP). Today DECP filed an amended application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) declaring that, “DECP notified the Commission that it would not construct Charles Station at the proposed location, explained that it was evaluating alternatives for the Project….DECP now will not construct Charles Station.” This means that the compressor station not only will not be built in its originally proposed site, it will not be built at all.
Charles Station would have been a source of significant health, safety, and environmental risks in addition to turning a rural area into an industrial nightmare.
Dominion explains that the reason it suddenly does not need a compressor station that was previously characterized as being so absolutely critical to the Eastern Market Access Project is because “DECP and Mattawoman have agreed that Mattawoman will no longer be a Project Customer.” You can find the complete filing HERE.
While it is not entirely clear in the filing, we believe that this signals a second critical nail in the coffin of fracked gas infrastructure in Maryland. It appears that, as speculated, the long-beleaguered Mattawoman Power Plant may not be built after all. This is an incredible boon for the folks in Brandywine, and a testament to their organizing. Shout out to Clean Air Prince George’s!
We’ll bring you updates about the illegal text amendments we’re fighting in Prince George’s County soon, but for now, we hope this development gives you something to celebrate and hope that we will prevail in all such battles.