Monthly Archives: April 2015

McAuliffe Touts Gas and Nuclear for Virginia, Says Risk Assessment Is Above His Paygrade

By Ivy Main, Power for the People VA

A forum on climate change held last Wednesday in Richmond was supposed to be about moving to clean energy, but it sometimes seemed to be more of a platform for Governor Terry McAuliffe to tout plans for more natural gas and nuclear energy in the Commonwealth. It wasn’t that he neglected energy efficiency, wind and solar—he had plenty of good things to say about these, and even a few initiatives to boast of. It was just that they paled against the backdrop of massive new natural gas and nuclear projects, to which he seems even more firmly committed.

The event was a conference called “The Next Frontier of Climate Change,” organized by The New Republic magazine and the College of William and Mary. Moderator Jeffrey Ball of Stanford University shaped the conference as a series of interviews, beginning with Governor McAuliffe. You can see video of the interview here. Continue reading McAuliffe Touts Gas and Nuclear for Virginia, Says Risk Assessment Is Above His Paygrade

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“Catastrophic Threat” Motivated Activists Sentenced for Cove Point Crane Climb

Judge Sentences Cove Point Defenders to 40 Days for Trespass
Carling Sothoron at top of crane at Offsite A.
Carling Sothoron at top of crane at Offsite A.

By Anne Meador

On April 20, two environmental activists appeared in Maryland District Court in Calvert County on charges related to a protest against the Cove Point LNG plant, in which they climbed up the arm of a crane and dropped a banner at a Dominion Cove Point construction site.

In separate proceedings, Carling Sothoron and Heather Doyle pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing for entering the construction area known as “Offsite A” before dawn on February 3. Charges of failure to obey a lawful order and malicious destruction of property were dismissed for Sothoron and Doyle respectively. Continue reading “Catastrophic Threat” Motivated Activists Sentenced for Cove Point Crane Climb

Will New FERC Chair Protect People or the Fossil Fuel Lobby?

Federal Protective Services officers pull Ted Glick out of his seat at FERC meeting.
Federal Protective Services officers pull Ted Glick out of his seat at FERC meeting./Photo by John Zangas

By Ted Glick, EcoWatch

From the time I walked yesterday into the FERC building—that’s the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the most powerful and dangerous federal agency most people have never heard of—things felt and looked different.

First were the cops. There are always FERC security personnel at the front entrance, but it seemed like there were twice as many yesterday as I’d ever seen before in past visits. In addition, and ominously, there were also a couple of Department of Homeland Security/Federal Protective Services police prominently stationed where they could not be missed. Continue reading Will New FERC Chair Protect People or the Fossil Fuel Lobby?

Protestors Bring Ongoing “Situation” to New FERC Chairman

Security drags protestor Sean Glenn out of the FERC meeting: “As a kindergarten teacher, I am here for the children.”
Security drags protestor Sean Glenn out of the FERC meeting: “As a kindergarten teacher, I am here for the children.”/ Photo by John Zangas

By Anne Meador

At his first meeting as FERC Chairman, Commissioner Norman Bay gave the cold shoulder to demonstrators who repeatedly interrupted him to protest what they say is the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s rubberstamp approach to regulation.

“Oh my God, we have a situation here. The situation is not going away,” shouted protestor Charles Chandler. “There is no democracy here. You just ignore what I write on my computer.”

Video of protests at FERC meeting

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The Fight Against FERC: Communities Demand An Accountable Government

Photo by Erik McGregor
Photo by Erik McGregor

By Angel Vogel, Beyond Extreme Energy

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, gas, and oil. FERC also reviews proposals to build liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and interstate natural gas pipelines as well as licensing hydro-power projects. Since 1935 when it first became an independent regulatory agency it has done little to protect citizens from exploitation. Instead, the agency uses its vast powers to facilitate the expansion of dirty and deadly extraction for export to international markets. FERC ensures that toxic energy projects create greater profits for rich developers while leaving poisoned communities with the lie of so-called U.S. energy independence through fossil fuels. Continue reading The Fight Against FERC: Communities Demand An Accountable Government

Dominion Confirms Worker Injured at Cove Point

Cove Point

By Marty Madden, Baynet

Lusby, MD – A contract employee was injured during unloading operations at Dominion Cove Point Monday, March 30, company officials stated.

According to a statement from Dominion Energy Communications Director Jim Norvelle, the Kiewit employee was transported by ambulance and then by helicopter to a hospital. Kiewit officials reported the injured worker was flown to Prince George’s Hospital Center. Continue reading Dominion Confirms Worker Injured at Cove Point

Myersville Protesters Reject Dominion Transmission Expansion

Ruth White, left, Ann Nau and Sophie Nau, right, voice their concerns about Dominion Transmission’s plans to expand the Myersville compressor station/Photo by Nancy Lavin
Ruth White, left, Ann Nau and Sophie Nau, right, voice their concerns about Dominion Transmission’s plans to expand the Myersville compressor station/Photo by Nancy Lavin

By Nancy Lavin, Frederick News-Post

MYERSVILLE — An open house Tuesday night on Dominion Transmission’s expansion plans — including the addition of a second compressor at its Myersville station — drew a small but vocal group of protesters to Town Hall.

The event was the fourth and final in a series of open houses throughout the region on Dominion’s Leidy South Project, which includes expanded compression along its interstate natural gas pipeline in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. If approved, the project would add a second, 15,900-horsepower compressor at the Myersville compressor station, which went into service late last fall.

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