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Export OK wrong

Senior Liquid Natural Gas Technician Timothy Nelson stands on the deck of the offshore shipping port at Cove Point LNG Terminal in Lusby Maryland, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2012. The liquid natural gas shipping terminal is owned by Dominion Resources offshore the western Chesapeake Bay, and receives imported liquefied natural gas (LNG) and also stores gas. Dominion wants to convert this import hub into an export hub.

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Per the news story “Dominion gets fed OK to export natural gas to India, Japan” (Sept. 12 and TribLIVE.com), the U.S. Department of Energy (we don't get to elect those folks) has “approved a plan to export 770 million cubic feet a day of natural gas from Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale and other formations to sell to customers in India and Japan.”

Just to say that again, that's 770 million cubic feet per day that will be leaving us and going to them. That titanic amount will be going by way of a Chesapeake Bay facility beginning in the ballpark of 2017.

Wanna take a ride down there and wave goodbye to competitive advantage and lower energy costs?

I mean, c'mon, if we have enough natural gas to export, we're paying too much! And by a bunch!

As stated, we don't get to vote the people in the Department of Energy out on their butts, but we do get to vote senators and congressmen out.

How about we do that? I know that I will vote for a rat flea over the people in office right now.

William M. Stoddart

Brentwood

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