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Judge sides with Dominion Resources in LNG dispute

Friday - 1/4/2013, 2:36pm  ET

Associated Press

A Maryland judge has ruled that Virginia-based Dominion Resources can export liquefied natural gas from an expanded terminal facility in Cove Point, Md.

A Prince George's County Circuit Court judge on Friday granted a declaratory judgment sought by Dominion after the Sierra Club opposed the energy company's plan.

The Sierra Club argued that a 2005 legal settlement involving permitted activities at the Cove Point site prohibited Dominion's plan to export LNG.

But the judge agreed with Dominion that the 2005 agreement unambiguously allows Dominion to construct, operate and maintain additional facilities for the liquefaction of natural gas, and to export LNG by pipeline from the Cove Point terminal to tankers docked at an offshore pier.

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