Activists Across Maryland to Rally to ‘Stop Cove Point’ as Key Permit Hearing Begins in Baltimore

February 19, 2014

protestClimate, health and anti-fracking activists from across Maryland and the region will converge in downtown Baltimore on Thursday, February 20, 2014  to demand that key Maryland decision-makers reject “Cove Point”—a massive proposed fracked gas export facility targeted for the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland. The noon rally, expected to be one of the largest environmental protests in city history, comes as the state Public Service Commission begins official hearings on the Cove Point project, proposed by Virginia-based Dominion Resources.

Dominion’s plan has ignited particularly fierce and widespread grassroots opposition, rally organizers contend, because of its region-transforming scope. The project would add enormous pressure to expand harmful fracking and explosion-prone gas infrastructure across the Mid-Atlantic. The process of drilling, piping, liquefying and exporting gas is so highly polluting that Cove Point would become the single biggest trigger of planet-heating greenhouse gas pollution in the state of Maryland.

The Public Service Commission is weighing whether Dominion’s proposed 130-megawatt gas-fired power plant and liquefaction facility is in the state “public interest.” In addition to national and state leaders, including the Rev. Lennox Yearwood of the Hip Hop Caucus, Delegate Heather Mizeur, and Lois Gibbs of Love Canal fame, the protest will feature a march to the commission’s headquarters with colorful banners, drumming and a giant “Stop Cove Point” pipeline prop.

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WHAT: Rally & March to “Stop Cove Point”

WHEN: Thursday, February 20th. Media availability with speakers from 11:30am – noon. Rally and march from noon-1:30pm.

WHERE: War Memorial Plaza, N Gay St & E Fayette St (across from City Hall), in downtown Baltimore. “Press area” will be marked off next to the stage, on the City Hall side of the plaza. The march will proceed down E Fayette Street, and encircle the Public Service Commission headquarters on St. Paul Street, before returning to the plaza.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Rev. Lennox Yearwood, CEO, the Hip Hop Caucus • Lois Gibbs of Love Canal fame • Delegate Heather Mizeur • Josh Tulkin, director, Maryland Sierra Club • Joelle Novey, director, Interfaith Power & Light • Fred Tutman, CEO, Patuxent Riverkeeper • Rebecca Ruggles, director, Maryland Environmental Health Network • Emily Wurth, water program director, Food & Water Watch • Mike Tidwell, director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network • plus community members from every corner of the region threatened by Dominion’s plan.

VISUALS: Marchers will carry a 100-foot-long “Stop Cove Point” gas pipeline prop, alongside large banners and colorful hand-made signs.

WHO: Hundreds of concerned Americans from across Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic.

Supporting organizations include:
Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Americans Against Fracking, Assateague Coastal Trust, Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Citizen Shale, DC Divest, Earthjustice, Environment Maryland, Food and Water Watch, Green America, Hip Hop Caucus, HoCo Climate Change, Interfaith Power & Light, Maryland Environmental Health Network, Maryland Sierra Club, Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community,Transition Howard County, Sane Energy Project, Waterkeepers Chesapeake

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To Dominion: 

Why We Fight Cove Point

  • Dominion’s proposed $3.8 billion “liquefaction” facility to export fracked gas to Asia through Cove Point in Maryland would trigger a massive expansion of fracking drilling across our region.The “life cycle” greenhouse gas emissions from fracking, piping, liquefying, and exporting gas make this gas as bad as – or worse than – coal combustion.
  • Exporting natural gas will raise U.S. gas prices as much as 27%. According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, this price rise will harm all sectors of the economy – including farmers, wage earners, manufacturers. Only the gas industry wins.
  • Outrageously, despite these many impacts, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission does not intend to conduct a customary Environmental Impact Statement for Cove Point.

Why We Fight For Clean Energy Instead

  • Investing the same $3.8 billion from Cove Point into on-shore wind power would single-handedly increase total East Coast wind production by a staggering 50%.
  • Wind and solar investments create more jobs – over a longer period of time – than fracking, piping, liquefying and exporting gas from Cove Point.
  • A proposed Maryland law to double wind and solar use would by itself create over 4,000 construction and operations jobs per year while taking the equivalent of 1.4 million cars off the road.

For more information, see www.stopcovepoint.org.