Today, one week following a peaceful sit-in by four activists in Cumberland, four central Maryland residents were arrested outside the Frederick County Courthouse protesting the proposed Cove Point fracked gas export facility. The four protesters—including a county commission candidate, an asthma sufferer, a mother, and a Frederick resident who grew up playing baseball in Cove Point Park—blocked the courthouse entrance to demand a full and fair federal environmental impact review of Dominion's controversial $3.8 billion plan.
In Frederick County, the citizens of Myersville are fighting Dominion over a 16,000 horsepower gas compressor that the company wants to build--despite unanimous opposition from the town council -- less than a mile from the only elementary school. The Myersville compressor station is part of the web of fossil fuel infrastructure that Dominion could use to pipe gas from fracking wells across Appalachia to southern Maryland, where the gas would be liquefied and exported to Asia
In the following statements, the protesters explain why Cove Point matters to central Maryland, and why they engaged in peaceful civil disobedience to stop it. (Click here for a PDF of their statements.)
Today, a Unitarian minister, two students native to western Maryland, and another local resident engaged in a peaceful sit-in outside the Allegany County Courthouse in Cumberland to protest Cove Point. This massive $3.8 billion project, proposed by Virginia-based Dominion, would take nearly a billion cubic feet of gas per day from fracking wells across the Appalachian region, liquefy it on the Chesapeake Bay, and export it to Asia.
The four Maryland citizens were arrested after blocking the courthouse entrance to demand justice in the controversial federal handling of Cove Point. Despite the potentially region-transforming fracking, pollution, and climate impacts of Dominion's plan, federal regulators have thus far refused to conduct a full and fair Environmental Impact Statement -- the type of review most protective of public health and safety and customary for a polluting facility as huge as Cove Point.
In the following statements, the protesters explain why Cove Point matters to Western Marylanders, and why they engaged in peaceful civil disobedience to stop it. (Click here for a PDF of their full statements.)
Six months ago, few average Marylanders had heard of “Cove Point,” let alone understood the stakes for our communities and climate. Now, the fight to stop Dominion Resources’ proposed fracked gas export facility on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland is making state and national headlines.
The issue broke onto the national scene in January when national climate leader and 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben coauthored A Big Fracking Lie in Politico Magazine with CCAN’s director Mike Tidwell. The opinion piece was a big (anti-)fracking success and, at more than 10,000 shares, it was one of the most shared Politico pieces in January. The piece explained in detail why Cove Point would be a disaster for our climate, spurring a new wave of fracking in the mid-Atlantic and causing climate polluting emissions equivalent to burning coal, and challenged President Obama to abandon his support for fracked gas exports.
This piece by CCAN Director Mike Tidwell, Katie Huffling, Program Director for the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, and Joelle Novey, Director of Interfaith Power and Light, was originially published on DeSmog Blog.
Fifty years ago the US Surgeon General’s report on cigarettes and lung cancer changed America forever. Before the report, Americans generally thought smoking was okay – maybe even good for us given ads like, “More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette!” But then the hard evidence – the undeniable facts – came to the surface and we changed.
That’s the good news. The bad news for Maryland is that we have a new “Camel cigarette” problem. For the past several months, a powerful corporation called Dominion Resources has been telling Marylanders that we can light something else on fire – something called “fracked gas” – and that it will be good for public health and the environment.
Stop Cove Point. For the past six months, this has been our rallying cry, and yesterday over 700 activits closed the streets of downtown Baltimore as proof of just how powerful our movement has become. Here's the story in pictures, tweets, articles, and videos.
Elisabeth Hoffman is a blogger with Climate Howard. This post is also available on their blog.
A boisterous, determined, chanting, sign-waving crowd of at least 700 people from across the state and beyond converged on sunny Baltimore today to say that Dominion Resources’ planned Cove Point export facility for fracked gas is a threat to our health, our economy, our climate and our future.
“Maryland is here today because Maryland is at risk,” shouted Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, at the rally at the War Memorial Plaza downtown.
Nearby, the Public Service Commission was considering whether Virginia-based Dominion’s planned 130-megawatt gas-fired power plant and liquefaction facility would be in the “public interest.”
On February 20th, hundreds of activists from across the mid-Atlantic will come to Baltimore to rally outside the Public Service Commission as they decide on key permits for the proposed Cove Point facility.
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As we get ready for February 20th, we've asked a few activists coming to the rally to tell us their story and explain why this issue is so important to them.
What an incredible few weeks it’s been in Virginia’s General Assembly! I’m pleased to report we’ve been successful on many of our priority bills this session. Wednesday is officially “crossover” which means that each chamber can only hear bills that survived in the other chamber. Think of it as the political equivalent of “halftime”. So with that, let’s recap the first half of session to date.
Last week, CCAN Director Mike Tidwell made huge news with a piece he co-wrote with Bill McKibben entitled, “A Big Fracking Lie.” The article has been shared almost 10,000 times on Politico and is one of the highest shared pieces of 2014. In it, Mike takes the Cove Point fight national, explaining why exporting fracked natural gas is a bad deal for Americans. Read it and share it with all your friends who are concerned about fracking!