Jun 29

Governor Hogan: We Won’t Take No for An Answer!

You are amazing!

On Monday, with very little notice, dozens of you joined us outside the State House in Annapolis to protest Governor Hogan’s denial of a safety study for Cove Point. You brought noise makers and we were definitely heard. People came to the windows to see what was the racket.

We telephoned the Governor’s office the next day and were told that the answer to our request for a safety study is still “No.”

Really? Hogan really values profits more than people’s lives?

We can’t accept that answer because thousands of lives are at risk from the fracked gas refinery, power plant and export terminal being built right now. The residents of Cove Point deserve to know what hazards they face. The people of Maryland deserve to know what damage an explosion at the facility in Cove Point would cause to the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant three miles away.

And the governor, as an elected official, has a greater responsibility to protect the people of Maryland than he does to the protect the profits of Virginia-based Dominion Energy.

We guess that we weren’t loud enough, so we need you to join us this week so we can be even louder!

Please join us Monday, July 3 at noon on Lawyers Mall again (on Bladen Street in front of the State House). Click here for the Facebook Page. Bring your noisemakers – bells, drums, whistles, pots and pans.

We are not going to stop fighting to save Cove Point. We are going to increase the pressure on the governor and we are so grateful for your support.

Here are three things you can do:

1. Encourage more people to join us for another emergency rally this MondayJuly 3 at noon at Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis. Spread the word using this Facebook event (post it on your Facebook Page and invite your friends).

2. Call the Governor’s office at 410 974 3901 and tell them that he must order a safety study (formally called a Quantitative Risk Assessment or QRA) for the facility at Cove Point.

3. Become a Hogan Bird Dogger. Bird dogging is a tactic that was very successful in winning the fracking ban in New York. It involves showing up at whatever events the Governor is attending with signs demanding a safety study for Cove Point. It doesn’t have to be confrontational. It needs to be omnipresent and persistent. If you hear of an event that the Governor will attend, please contact us at info@popularresistance.org to let us know so that we can encourage people to show up.

Here are two more important events:

Friday, June 30 from 11 am to 2 pm Press Conference Kick Off: Camp-In To Stop the Potomac Pipeline – Governor Hogan can stop the pipeline under the Potomac, and that’s where we come in. We’re going to STOP TransCanada from putting this dangerous pipeline under the Potomac. We’ll be launching a rolling encampment – over the course of the summer, groups will be camping at the site of the proposed pipeline to raise awareness and call on the Governor to stop the pipeline. Join us at a rally and press conference to stop the Potomac Pipeline! After the rally and press conference, the first campers will kick off the rolling encampment. Click here for the Facebook Page.

Tuesday, July 11 from 7 to 10 pm Accokeek Compressor Station Special Exception Hearing – Dominion needs a zoning Special Exception to proceed with their plan to clear cut nearly 14 acres along Barry’s Hill/New Marshall Hall Rd. and build a dangerous fracked gas compressor station there. (Right on the border of Prince George’s County where Accokeek and Bryans Road meet by the beautiful flooding swamp.) A hearing before the Charles County Board of Appeals is scheduled so that members of the public can weigh in on the issue. Please come out and oppose the compressor station. This is a critical step in stopping Dominion’s Eastern Market Access Project, which would in turn stop the Mattawoman Energy Plant in Brandywine, and possibly disrupt the supply of gas to the under-construction Cove Point export terminal. More information on the hearing can be found here: http://www.charlescountymd.gov/public-no... More information about opposing the project can be found by joining the AMP Creeks Council’s mailing list (email kelly@ampcreeks.org). Click here for the Facebook Page.

And finally, we are going to need funds to make fliers, signs and banners. Please consider making a donation to sustain our efforts. Please donate now.