What can I do? Speak out against Dominion’s Cove Point fracked gas export terminal: Submit this public comment (or edit, or erase and write your own words) to the Maryland Public Service Commission.
What the Experts Say
“…there are substantial potential economic benefits to the local area and the State from the Cove Point Liquefaction Project; however, they must be weighed against the potential significant adverse environmental impacts. I urge FERC…to adequately address those through the completion of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement.” ~ Douglas F. Gansler, Attorney General, State of Maryland, Jan. 8, 2014.
“It took nigh two years but our coalition’s strong work has led to the attached letter being filed with FERC from MD Attorney General Gansler on the need for a cumulative impact analysis of the Cove Point export project leading to development of an EIS in the future (which should also analyze climate impacts per our request). I’m pretty happy with the language and am glad to see that he called for an EIS directly in the last paragraph.” ~ Former staff attorney Guy Alsentzer, Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper / Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna, Jan. 9, 2014.
Cove Point Analysis – Why we need an EIS
Peak oil chase has nothing on peak gas. At Cove Point, President Obama makes climate change worse.
1) If the gas is dug up and exported at Cove Pt, it won’t serve us for the next 200 + years, regardless when it is turned on. It will serve China while multinational corporations will profit.
2) Sorry, regardless what spin you’ve heard, aggregate “life-cycle” emissions from gas are worse than coal.
3) Sea level and climate change is being caused by man burning fossil fuels.
4) The less we burn, the less harm to earth’s poorest and most defenseless, from sea level rise and other ill effects the scientific community agrees are likely.
We need energy policy decisions based doing the least harm to earth’s poorest and most defenseless via climate change.
We need a progressive at least national, but preferably global, energy policy that allows us to stop burning fossil fuels and develops clean, sustainable energy. We at Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper / Stewards of the Lower Susquehanna are trying to at the very least make the true cost be accounted for, via an Environmental Impact Study, or EIS. Funny, you would need one to build a decent sized parking lot.
How Do We Get a Pro-People Energy Policy? Simple, and Darned Near Impossible:
First disconnect for-profit financing of public servants’ campaigns, or weaken its effect to the greatest extent. Nothing following will be allowed without that.
Generally, the true cost of hydrocarbon extraction be better felt, the markets will make this happen automatically, after getting the bribery…err donations…out of politics.
Hold energy developers to the same standards as everyone else. You need $10,000 worth of bullshit, taking many months and even years to expand a parking lot. Imagine what hoops the Marcellus folks should be jumping through prior to injecting carcinogens into our earth.
I would have invested the bulk of the stimulus (which went largely to the most powerful campaign donors’ projects, some good others dubious) and the TARP bailouts of campaign donors on clean energy R&D. I would probably at this point do another stimulus, although it might not be needed if we had used that $1.5Trillion to benefit us and our environment.
The above would (have already and still could) lead to the volume and investment we’d need to have massive energy and public transportation, with less burning of hydrocarbons.
Make sure the fossil fuels we do use benefit people. Right now, they are being given away, benefitting multinational corporations, leaving us with the mess to clean up. Which brings us full circle back to the campaign bribery.
…And before we hear how campaign finance can’t be doing all this, read this in the Baltimore Sun: AGs of 21 states ALMOST NONE OF WHOM ARE IN THE CHESAPEAKE WATERSHED have joined a lawsuit brought by the American Farm Bureau Federation to stop us from cleaning up our Bay. Go ahead and ask why they would. But don’t forget to ask the relevant question: how they can.
Feb. 20, 2014 UPDATE
On Thursday, February 20, from noon till 1:30 pm, several hundred of us “from the fracking fields of Pennsylvania to the Western mountains of Maryland to the DC suburbs and the Eastern Shore” drew a region-wide line in the sand against Cove Point. We rallied at the The Baltimore War Memorial Plaza, and marched through its corridors of power, while Dominion lobbyists duked it out with our experts in front of the Maryland Public Service Commission within one of those buildings. The MPSC will begin reviewing an essential permit that Dominion needs to build its $3.8 billion fracked gas export facility on the Chesapeake Bay…with no EIS. Don’t try that yourselves folks, unless you have mounds of campaign cash and an army of lobbyists.
Feb. 28, 2014 UPDATE
Unitarian minister and three western Maryland residents were arrested just before Noon today outside the Allegany County Courthouse in Cumberland for peacefully protesting Virginia-based Dominion Resources’ plan to build a liquefied natural gas export facility at Cove Point in southern Maryland.
This is why I protest Cove Pt, the massive infrastructure proposed to ship gas around the planet prior to burning it, and have grave concerns with fracking in any area without a fair cut to those stuck living there. Bravo to these four courageous citizens. Shout out to the Unitarian universalist minister, in the forefront once again!