Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) coalition, which is challenging FERC’s approval of Dominion Resources LNG export terminal project at Cove Point, MD, peacefully protested at the first of four technical conferences focused on EPA’s Clean Power Plan. BXE’s activists are concerned about the inherent environmental and climate disruptions not being addressed by FERC and the health and safety of communities impacted by FERC’s industry-appeasing permitting process of fracked gas infrastructure.
In a room full of industry stakeholders, not citizens or the general public, BXE delegates shed jackets, sweaters, and other winter wear to reveal red shirts of solidarity emblazoned with the words “FERC Doesn’t Work,” chanted “Gas is Dirty! Wind and Solar, Now!”, and sang songs of global climate solidarity, community-sourced solutions, and non-fracked gas energy futures. This is an ongoing campaign of escalated actions organized by communities negatively impacted by FERC and activated citizens from all walks of life; including communities where fracking is precipitated by FERC projects.
By Lee Stewart
Today a group of Cove Point protectors made their presence felt at the monthly FERC Commissioners’ Public Meeting. They wore red shirts emblazoned with the words “FERC Doesn’t Work,” and held up signs about fracked gas and how it’s a dirty form of energy. Following the Public Meeting, a technical conference was held in which the EPA presented on the Clean Power Plan and the commissioners had a chance to ask questions. Protectors met each utterance of the word “gas” with the chant “gas is dirty.” This happened twice during the first hour of the conference in a call and response manner before the group exited the conference room with a bang. As they moved slowly to the doors, they sung about climate change and renewable energy, and chanted about the harms of fracked gas. Join us as we escalate over the course of the coming year! Check out the following two websites to find out how.
One person who attended the meeting reports: “They referred to our group at least three times during the morning.” And, “The commissioners and members of the panel were concerned about how environmental activists introduce uncertainty and how uncertainty interferes with planning and investment.” She also concludes: “Each time I attend a FERC meeting I am more certain that fighting LNG exports is the most important work we can do to keep the carbon in the ground.”
And from Politico:
ANTI-‘FERC’D’ GAS PROTESTS WILL RETURN: Before energy industry, regulators and analysts could tackle the heady issues posed by the EPA’s draft carbon rules, protesters with Beyond Extreme Energy and the Chesapeake Climate Action Network stood up, sang and waved signs that said things like “FERC’d Gas is Dirty Energy.” Some protesters weren’t all that impressed with the EPA’s proposed rules either, with one member later tweeting: “Any ‘clean power’ plan that enables dirty fracked gas extraction is a betrayal of people & planet.” But neither group is done yet. In fact, they intend to conduct “mass actions” at FERC between May 21 and 29, when the weather is a bit more protest-friendly.