|Date:||Sunday, July 13, 2014|
|Time:||12:30 PM to 4:00 PM|
|Presented by:||Maryland Chapter|
|Leader:||David O'Leary - 301-277-7111 email@example.com|
|Location:||West of the Capitol Reflecting Pool, bordered by 3rd St and between Pennsylvania Ave. NW and Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC (map)|
|Be a part of history and attend the Rally to Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Cove Point & Beyond!|
Thanks to over 5,000 activists, we helped flood the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) office with letters about the dirty and dangerous proposed Cove Point liquefied natural gas facility. Now it's time to deliver our message in person.
On July 13, thousands will gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. for the Rally to Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Cove Point and Beyond. Will you be there, too?
For far too long, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has put the interests of the oil and gas industry above our health, safety and climate. This summer, FERC will decide if the Cove Point facility can move forward despite the detrimental consequences -- more fracking in the Marcellus Shale region, endangering communities near the proposed facility, and more air, water, and climate pollution.
Once you register, look for a confirmation email with a link to a transportation board and survey to coordinate your travel. Activists from organizations all over the country will be a part of this historic day and are making carpooling and busing arrangements to be there.
On Wednesday, a group of Maryland politicians took a stand on the state’s unacceptable levels of air pollution by sending a letter voicing their support for stronger pollution controls on Maryland’s coal-fired power plants.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has drafted stronger pollution controls to cut down on the amount of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides emitted by the state’s coal plants; both of these pollutants contribute to smog-filled air that is classified as unsafe to breathe by the EPA1, and approximately 86 percent of Maryland residents are exposed to this dirty air every day.
It is hoped that the support of 10 state senators, 33 state delegates, and several council members from Anne Arundel, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties will encourage Governor Martin O’Malley to support the MDE’s stronger pollution controls and stand firm against opposition from coal industry lobbyists and their legislative backers.
[picture - District 39 Delegate Shane Robinson Signed The Letter to O'Malley]
The Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club joined 18 other local, state, regional, and national groups in Baltimore on Wednesday to hand-deliver over 40,000 printed comments urging the Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject Dominion Cove Point’s application for a crucial permit.
As part of its proposal to convert the existing Cove Point natural gas import terminal, located on the Chesapeake Bay, into an export terminal, Dominion is seeking permission to build a 130-megawatt gas-fired power plant at the site. This plant would provide the power needed to cool the natural gas to 260 degrees below zero, converting it into a liquid that would then be put into tankers to be carried to India and Japan.