Apr 27

May 4 call-in day to demand a safety study for Cove Point

Don’t let Cove Point slip into the Dark Side!

On May 4, we’re asking as many people as possible to join the rebel alliance and call Maryland Governor Larry Hogan’s office to demand he order a public and thorough safety study for the fracked gas export terminal Dominion is building in the community of Cove Point, Maryland — and we want him to order a halt in construction while the safety study is performed!

In 2006, a detailed safety study called a quantitative risk assessment (QRA) was conducted on the then-import terminal at Cove Point. A QRA is a study that looks at what could go wrong with a facility in the event of an accident, and determines the proper emergency responses. Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources commissioned the 2006 QRA at the behest of the nuclear plant that’s three miles from Cove Point. Using pro-industry data and a pro-industry company to conduct the actual study, alarming results still came to light — including that everybody living within 0.8 miles of the mostly dormant import terminal (around 1,000 people) faced the constant risk of being consumed in a flash fire at any point. What are the risks after a $3.8 billion, three-year-long construction project that adds a full-scale power plant, a liquefaction train, 410,000 gallons of propane stored on site, and many other dangerous factors? We don’t know.

Dominion has been allowed to get away with minimal safety testing that doesn’t look at the actual scope of the threats placed on the tens of thousands of people living around this terminal — and even that hasn’t been released publicly. Instead, information on potential peril facing this community is hidden behind non-disclosure agreements and back-room deals. Politicians who are too eager to take Dominion’s money at all costs have abandoned their constituents. It’s high time that the one person who can order a QRA safety study by simply commanding it, Governor Hogan, do so — and halt construction while the study is conducted to give it the time it needs.

Other Dominion facilities have seen fatal explosions, other fuel facilities in Southern Maryland have seen fatal explosions, and this exact facility had a fatal explosion in 1979! The lives and well-being of tens of thousands of people are worth more than the money Dominion is adding to the local coffers! We need Governor Hogan to order this safety study immediately!


Call Governor Hogan’s office at: (410) 974-3901 or CLICK HERE for an easy-to-use call-in tool.

Sample text:
Hi, my name is ________________. I live in _______________. I’m calling to demand Governor Hogan immediately order a quantitative risk assessment for the fracked gas export terminal being built in Cove Point. It’s intolerable for tens of thousands of people to not know what kind of risk they’re living with from this facility. I also ask that Governor Hogan place a halt on construction while this study is conducted in order to give the study the time it needs. Thank you.


Please add anything else you’d like to say, change these words around or come up with your own statement entirely! It helps to customize your message to reflect your thoughts and priorities.

If you haven’t yet, please sign our online petition at bit.ly/qranow. More information about the need for a safety study is there, as well.

To download a flyer you can print out and pass around (at events like the People’s Climate March, hint hint 😉), visit http://www.wearecovepoint.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/May-4-flyer-halfsheet.pdf.

Make sure to say you’re going and invite your friends at our Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1504173309627642/.

Thank you for helping to protect our community — and, by extension, all of the other communities affected by gas infrastructure that would help bring gas to Cove Point to be exported!

May the 4th be with you!