- Tell Gov. Larry Hogan to reject the pipeline under the Potomac River that would carry fracked gas from PA to WVA. Call the governor today at 410-974-3901 and tweet him @LarryHogan to tell him to keep his promises about fracking, to reject the Potomac Pipeline, to say NO to expanding fracked-gas infrastructure in Maryland and YES to acting on climate. #NoPotomacPipeline
Issue: Turns out Gov. Hogan has been double-crossing us on fracking. While saying he opposes fracking and supports the Paris Climate deal, Hogan has also been easing the way for TransCanada to build the pipeline under the Potomac River near Hancock that would carry fracked gas from PA to West Virginia. (Of course, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission thinks it’s just fine. Read about that here: http://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/ferc-comments/
Significance of Action: The governor could stop this pipeline by denying the permit to drill under the Potomac River (the source of drinking water for 6 million people downstream), but instead his Department of the Environment has waived its rights (meaning waived YOUR rights) to review stream and river crossings for this pipeline. Read about it here: http://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/maryland-department-environment-says-no-permit-needed-drilling-potomac-build-pipeline-refuses-consider-risk-spill-drinking-water-six-million/
Hundreds of #protectors circled the governor’s mansion on February 15th, calling on him to reject the permit for this pipeline. Read about it here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/environment/bs-md-potomac-pipeline-delay-20180215-story.html
The deadline for a decision is March 15th. Because of public pressure, however, MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles has asked the Army Corps of Engineers for extra time to review the project. The governor needs to continue to hear from us to keep the public pressure going!
How: Call the governor today at 410-974-3901 and tweet him: @LarryHogan Tell him to keep his promises about fracking, to reject the Potomac Pipeline, to say NO to expanding fracked-gas infrastructure in Maryland and YES to acting on climate. Tweet today: @LarryHogan WAIT, THERE’S MORE: Although Gov. Hogan agreed in May 2017 that the “environmental risks of fracking simply outweigh any potential benefits,” it turns out that by December his administration was making deals with gas companies to expand the use of fracked gas in our state. Read a great op-ed about it here: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-0227-natural-gas-20180226-story.html
As part of an agreement to allow the merger of AltaGas Ltd. and WGL Holdings, the Hogan administration wants to “kick-start a natural gas expansion” in Maryland by having the companies put money into a “Maryland Gas Expansion Fund.” The state Public Service Commission has to approve the merger. (That would be the same panel that lets Dominion pretty much pollute as much as it wants at
the fracked-gas export facility that’s nearly finished in Cove Point.) Call Gov. Hogan today 410-974-3901 and tweet him @LarryHogan
-Share this post on Facebook and call Governor Hogan out! He presents himself as good on the environment and against fracking. Also check out what he did to Cove Point community http://www.wearecovepoint.org.