The Sierra Club filed a formal objection at the Department of Energy (DOE), challenging the export of Marcellus Shale gas from Cove Point’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facilities in Maryland. The environmental group argued that LNG exports would raise natural gas and electricity prices nationwide and would expand the practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Sierra Club called for the department to hold the first-ever full environmental impact statement assessing the effects of increased Marcellus Shale fracking. This is the third LNG export facility that the Sierra Club has opposed, with the other two being facilities in Coos Bay, OR, and Sabine Pass, LA. Sierra Club’s protest comes a week after the group attacked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission‘s environmental review of the proposed Sabine Pass Liquefaction LLC facilities (see Daily GPI, Feb. 1).

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