Cove Point: Study but decide soon [Letter]

As expected, Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network writes that the proposed Cove Point natural gas plant needs to be studied more and various state and federal agencies should weigh in ("Shipping LNG overseas is an ecological mistake," April 3).

Of course, his organization will oppose this project no matter how many times it is studied since that is their agenda. What Mr. Tidwell really wants is to tie up the project for years in never-ending lawsuits and bureaucratic red tape. That will certainly help fundraising for his organization. Meanwhile, gas industry innovation leading to energy independence as well as Maryland jobs get put into limbo.

Gas production and international sales are important to our future. If Mr. Tidwell wants his review, then let's have one but with a six-month time limit. If all the potential disasters claimed by Mr. Tidwell are not borne out by truly independent evaluations — which I fully expect will happen — then begin the project immediately. If true risks are found then end it.

What we can't do is have endless appeals, and we can't export windmills. We have to stop economic paralysis caused by environmental zealots.

Robert C. Erlandson, Lutherville

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