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Woman arrested protesting Calvert gas project

A Calvert County woman protesting construction of a liquefied natural gas plant near her home was arrested for trespassing Monday at a staging area for the $3.8 billion project, according to the Calvert sheriff's department.
A Calvert County woman protesting construction of a liquefied natural gas plant near her home was arrested for trespassing Monday at a staging area for the $3.8 billion project, according to the Calvert sheriff's department. (Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun)

A Calvert County woman protesting construction of a liquefied natural gas plant near her home was arrested Monday at a staging area for the $3.8 billion project, according to the Calvert sheriff's department.

Charged with trespassing was Leslie Ann Garcia, a resident of Lusby, said Capt. Steve Jones, spokesman for the sheriff's department.

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"She was trying to serve an eviction notice on Dominion," Jones said.

The Virginia-based energy company is preparing to convert an existing import terminal at Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay so that it can be used to liquefy natural gas and export it to Asia.

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While many elected officials, labor leaders and residents back the project, citing its economic impact, some nearby residents and environmentalists vehemently oppose it, arguing it poses safety risks and undermines efforts to combat climate change.

Garcia is the 13th person charged as opponents march at the staging area, where the company is building a pier to unload material for the project. On Nov. 3, another Calvert woman was arrested for chaining herself to construction equipment. The following day, 11 others were charged after a group entered the staging area and began scaling a large mound of dirt there, Jones said.

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