photo: We are Cove Pointers at the rally for clean energy in Annapolis this weekend.
This weekend, members of gas industries met in Pittsburgh. They made it clear that the ability to export gas to foreign markets, where they can fetch higher prices, is key to keeping their industry alive. Without export terminals, fracking and drilling aren’t profitable.
We are Cove Point has always known that our fight to stop Dominion Energy from completing the gas refinery and export terminal in our neighborhood was bigger than just protecting the health and safety of our families. It is also about protecting the families that will be impacted by fracking rigs, pipelines and compressor stations up and down the East coast and stopping Dominion from setting a harmful precedent by building a refinery so close to a densely-populated community. This hasn’t been done before. And it is also about protecting our planet. We need to stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure to mitigate climate change.
We need your help to win this fight.
Will you join us at the weekly protests at Governor Hogan’s mansion in Annapolis? We are there every Thursday at noon to ask for a safety study for Dominion Energy’s facility in Cove Point.
This Thursday we have special plans for a Parade of Poisons in response to the Maryland Public Service Commission’s recent lifting of restrictions on how much Dominion Energy will be allowed to pollute.
Meet us at the park area near Bladen and Calvert Streets in Annapolis at noon on February 22. There is a parking garage close by at Clay and Calvert Streets. Wear black if you can. We will have black balloons with the names of the chemicals that the plant will emit and signs about the health impacts. If you want to make your own signs, the theme will be protecting clean air and our health. We will have a solemn march to the State House and a rally there before proceeding to the Governor’s Mansion to send him a message. Here is the Facebook Page. Please spread the word through your networks.
Our main focus is Governor Hogan because he has the power to order a safety study for Dominion’s fracked gas refinery and export terminal in Cove Point with one phone call.
Call Governor Hogan at 410 974 3901 to tell him that he has a responsibility to the people in Cove Point to order a safety study. It is well known that gas refineries explode. In fact, the facility in Cove Point exploded when it was a much smaller plant.
Governor Hogan will be campaigning this year. If you see him at an event, please ask him about the safety study. We must put this on voters’ radar so they know that Hogan claims to care about Marylanders, but he is failing us.
Mark your calendars – we hope to see you at these events:
Wednesday, February 21 – Hearing on oil trains by the Baltimore City Council. There will be a rally at noon in front of City Hall (War Memorial Plaza) and the hearing begins at 1:00 pm. Facebook page.
Wednesday, March 13 – the seventh hearing on the Compressor station that Dominion Energy wants to build in Charles County will be held at 7:00 pm at the Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD. The community is putting up a tremendous effort to stop this polluter. Please attend and show your support.
We appreciate all that you do for a cleaner and livable future. We have one more ask. We Are Cove Point depends on your support. We need to raise $1,000 each month to cover our expenses for printing, renting rooms, travel and more. Please donate if you are able. Your donation is tax deductible if you use our fiscal sponsor online. CLICK HERE TO DONATE and consider becoming a monthly sustainer. Or, you can use Pay Pal or mail a check made out to “We Are Cove Point” to us directly at P.O Box 101, Lusby, MD 20657.