One year after the fracking ban in Maryland, fracking still threatens the health and safety of Marylanders and our neighbors.
Last week, more than 100 people turned out for the Maryland Department of the Environment’s (MDE) hearing on Dominion Energy’s compressor station in Charles County. The testimony lasted for hours with the community being overwhelmingly opposed to the project for a variety of reasons – harm to health, safety risks, impact on wildlife and loss to local businesses, farming and home values.
Even though the Charles County Board of Appeals denied the zoning permit for the project. MDE is moving ahead with its permit process and stated that they are inclined to approve the project.
We must take action to stop this dangerous compressor station. Here are actions you can take:
1. Call Brian Frosh, the attorney general, at 240-479-9788. We suspect that MDE is moving ahead out of fear of a legal challenge by Dominion Energy. Tell Brian Frosh that his office should be directing MDE to respect Charles County by stopping the permit process, not giving in to Dominion Energy out of fear.
2. Call Andrea Baker, the attorney at the Maryland Department of the Environment, at 410-537-3055. Tell her that MDE should stop the permit process now.
We will celebrate the one year anniversary of the Maryland fracking ban and let MDE know that we aren’t safe from fracking if we are driving fracking in neighboring states by building infrastructure to transport and export fracked gas. And we are still at risk of the dangers of fracked gas – the health impacts from pollutants and explosions – if fracked gas infrastructure is in our communities. On top of that, each new piece of oil and gas infrastructure that is built locks us in to decades more use of fossil fuels at a time when the climate crisis means we should be investing in clean renewable sources of energy. There will be a bus from Accokeek. Click here to sign up for it.
Here is the Facebook page. Sign up and spread the word. We need everyone to support us in this fight.
We are still asking Governor Hogan to order a safety study and now we are asking him to stop MDE from permitting the compressor station too.
We continue to rally every Thursday at noon for a safety study outside Governor Hogan’s mansion in Annapolis. This Thursday will be the 41st consecutive week. We need your support. Visit the Facebook page and share it widely.
Governor Hogan 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..
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.
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We Are Cove Point