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.
The Cove Point fracked-gas export terminal is a radical proposal that would put Maryland and the entire mid-Atlantic at risk.
The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) is currently reviewing whether Dominion Resource’s application to build a proposed $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas export facility at Cove Point in southern Maryland is in the “public interest”. But, by every measure, Cove Point would harm Marylanders to boost the gas industry’s bottom line.
Before the April 2nd public comment deadline, we need to flood the PSC with comments urging them to deny Dominion’s permit.
Maryland goes a bit more wild!!
“The idea of wilderness needs no defense. It only needs more defenders.” Ed Abby wrote those words long after John Muir started the Sierra Club, but Abby may have taken inspiration from the generations of Sierrans who, ever since 1892, relentlessly took up the challenge of ensuring that nature does not perish from this Earth.
Maryland has no National Forests and no Congressionally designated Wilderness, so we look to Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) administered “wildlands” when we seek the restorative balm of nature untrammeled by human kind. This year, the Maryland General Assembly approved a 50% (22,000 acre) expansion of Maryland’s Wildlands. For a map showing the location of the new wildlands go to: http://dnr.maryland.gov/land/stewardship/digitalapwl_areas.asp