Complaint filed over Dominion project contract award

Proponents of Dominion’s $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas export project in Lusby, including unions and Calvert County politicians, touted the potential local economic benefits before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s final approval of the project at the company’s Cove Point terminal.

But now, a Calvert business owner is questioning Dominion’s obligations and priorities concerning hiring companies and workers.

Lambertin Jones, owner of Chesapeake Beach-based hauling company L.J. Enterprises, filed a petition for judicial review last week complaining of unfair competition with regard to a contract for hauling services for the construction of the export facility.

Jones said in an interview that he believes the company KDMB LLC, which allegedly brokered another company for the trucking services, is at fault.

In the document Jones filed Wednesday, Jan. 14, he claims his business was not given priority in the awarding of the contract. Jones alleges that KDMB used a Calvert address to obtain the contract and then brokered the services contracted to a St. Mary’s trucking company.

“KDMB, LLC and [Lexington Park-based] KT Dyson Trucking conspired to deny local Calvert [County] trucking companies from participating in the Cove Point project,” the complaint states. “In doing so, the majority of the trucks that were contracted to work on the project were from St. Mary’s, Charles and [Prince George’s] counties.”

Page Fletcher, listed on Jones’ lawsuit as defendant, declined to comment on the suit last week and would not confirm or deny if his company has a contract for services to Dominion. Karl Neddenien, spokesman for Dominion Cove Point, also said he could not discuss specific contracts the company has.

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