Category Archive: News

May 01

Opinion: Governor Hogan Disingenuous on Fracking

By Monica O’Connor in the Capital Gazette.   Gov. Larry Hogan’s policies on fracking — natural gas extraction through the technology known as hydraulic fracturing — are disingenuous. Hogan did sign 2017 legislation banning fracking in the state with laudable words about protecting our “clean water supply and natural resources.” But this is just astute political …

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Apr 25

MDE: Protect Our Air – Stop the Charles County Compressor Station

By Margaret Flowers The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is moving ahead with the air quality permit for the compressor station that Dominion Energy wants to build in Charles County, even though the county already denied the zoning permit for it. This is puzzling to residents of Maryland who thought that once the county …

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Apr 02

Submit a comment to MDE to oppose Dominion Energy’s Compressor Station

The public comment period will be open until June 12, 2018. Comments may be submitted at the Public Hearing or in writing to the Department to the attention of Ms. Shannon Heafey, MDE/ARA, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 720, Baltimore MD 21230-1720. Citizens may request a one-time 60 day extension to the comment period at the Public Hearing or in writing to …

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Apr 02

County Denies Compressor Permit, State Seeks to Overrule

By Paul Lagasse, Maryland Independent. Bryans Road, Maryland – Over the course of three-and-a-half hours Wednesday evening, more than 60 people lined up to speak in opposition to the granting of a draft air quality permit to Dominion Energy Cove Point LNG, a necessary step for the construction of a controversial [fracked] natural gas compressor station in …

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Apr 02

Tractor Blockade Shuts Down Clear-Cutting at Dominion Gas Compressor Site

By Anne Meador for DC Media Group. A Maryland woman parked a tractor at the gate of the proposed site of a gas compressor station in Charles County and locked herself to the steering wheel before dawn Monday morning, preventing workers from entering. Kelly Canavan–with assistance from her sister, her son, a local resident and …

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Apr 01

Cove Point Residents Unnerved by LNG Tanker ‘Backing Up Right Onto Our Beach’

By Anne Meador for DC Media Group. People living near the docking platform of the Dominion Cove Point terminal were alarmed on Sunday afternoon to see an LNG tanker headed toward the shallows of their beach. The Shell liquefied natural gas carrier Gemmata arrived February 25–three days early–at the vicinity of the docking platform for …

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Feb 08

Dominion Cove Point Allowed to Emit More Air Pollutants

By Anne Meador for DC Media Group. The Maryland Public Service Commission will allow higher levels of certain air pollutants from the power plant at Dominion Energy’s Cove Point LNG export terminal. The Commission approved Dominion’s request for a permit amendment, clearing the way for it to begin operations. Dominion asked the PSC for fugitive emissions …

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Sep 22

Info on Oct. 2 PSC hearing for Dominion Cove Point

What is the issue? (Short, short version) Dominion is asking for two things: 1) to use additional generators to help supply power to its fracked gas export terminal and liquefaction facility in Cove Point; and 2) to throw out numeric monitoring of its emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Dominion is currently restricted by its …

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Jul 19

Weekly Rally for Safety Study: Every Monday at the Mansion

June 24, 2017 was a turning point for We Are Cove Point. After years of meeting with legislators and state officials to ask for a safety study (known as a Quantitative Risk Assessment or QRA) on Virginia-based Dominion Energy’s fracking refinery, power plant and gas export terminal being built in Cove Point, we learned that …

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Jul 03

Dozens Return to Rally at State House for Safety Study

On Monday July 3, 2017, a few dozen people gathered again outside the State House in Annapolis to urge Governor Hogan not to turn his back on the people of Southern Maryland. A week and a half ago, Governor Hogan’s office finally responded to our request for a safety study, known formally as a Quantitative …

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