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We welcome your opinions and letters — with name and address. We will edit when necessary. Include your name, address and phone number for verification. Mail them to Bay Weekly, P.O. Box 358, Deale, MD 20751 • E-mail them to us at editor@bayweekly.com.

Answers Needed before Calverts a Second LNG Pipeline
Dear Bay Weekly:
Dominion Inc. is submitting an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be approved for an easement to construct a second natural gas pipeline near the first one that was originally owned by Columbia Gas Company.

Those of us who own property on or near the present pipeline and the proposed easement for the second sincerely appreciate the expert coverage of the many problems involved with the pipelines and the gas facility in “Projections Not Promises: An Analysis” (Vol. XII, No. 21: May 20) by Sandra Martin. The thorough research that has been done is evident in her bringing into focus problems with past pipelines and those that need to be considered before the second pipeline is approved.

The projections made in the Dominion-sponsored impact study concerning many job opportunities and lots of money for Calvert County government are indeed only projections. What will happen when other fuels or energy sources become cheaper than natural gas? Will Dominion also abandon the facility and the pipelines? Will Calvert County government or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission be responsible for maintaining all the structures and the easement that has grown mainly weeds and cannot be used for building or regular vehicle use? Or will the property owners again be expected to maintain the easements and continue to pay the taxes?

The additional cluttering of areas involved with the larger holding tanks, more facility structures, the tons of pollution to be released into our air, the threat of accidents from two pipelines, the terrorist threats, the increase in danger from the 150 or so 800- to 900-foot tankers coming into Cove Point, which is close to the Calvert Cliffs nuclear plant. All these are problems that need to be considered before the great joy over sudden prosperity is expressed by our county government.

If Dominion’s application is approved, Calvert County will have the dubious honor of having the largest LNG facility in the U.S.

— Phyllis S. Johnson, Port Republic

Thanks from the Calvert Chamber of Commerce
Dear Bay Weekly:
On behalf of the Board of Directors and all of the members of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank you for your support of the chamber’s Spring Awards Gala with your donation to the silent auction. Your donation of four one-quarter-page advertisements valued at $880 was very important to our success in fundraising in support of the chamber’s programs.

Nearly 100 chamber members and guests gathered March 27 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Hall in Prince Frederick to participate in the Spring Awards Gala. Everyone sampled cuisine donated by Calvert’s finest caterers in the Taste of Calvert, bid on many of the silent auction items and enjoyed mingling with other members and friends.

In addition to providing a network venue for chamber members, the event also raised revenue that will assist the chamber in implementing programs for the year.

—Carolyn McHugh, President/CEO: Calvert County Chamber of Commerce

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