Dominion Seeks to Export Liquefied Natural Gas to Maryland

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Citing abundant access to supplies of natural gas from Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale and elsewhere, Virginia-based Dominion Resources said Friday it has filed a request with the Department of Energy to begin exporting liquefied gas from its Cove Point terminal in Maryland.

The company seeks to export up to a billion cubic feet of natural gas a day beginning in late 2016, said spokesman Dan Donovan.

Donovan said the company's application, filed late Thursday, envisions two steps. First, the company is applying to export to countries that have free trade agreements with the United States. That application will be quickly followed by one to allow exports to non-FTA countries. That is a long list and includes many energy- thirsty countries in Asia, such as China.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has reported previously that Dominion would likely join a growing group of American companies lining up to start selling natural gas to countries overseas. One company -- Texas-based Cheniere Energy, Inc. -- has already won DOE approval to export 2.2 billion cubic feet a day from its Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana.

Two other major energy companies have applied to export a total of 3. …