When Police Harass Cove Point Protesters, Is Dominion Getting What It Paid For?

Dfc. Christopher Sloane leans into car and asks for I.D. after he stopped two cars in the Cove Point neighborhood.
Dfc. Christopher Sloane leans into car and asks for I.D. after he stopped two cars in the Cove Point neighborhood.

By Anne Meador

The shoulders of Cove Point Road in Lusby, Maryland are looking pretty ragged these days. Recently, heavy trucks and construction vehicles have crumbled the pavement as they thunder down the narrow road. Not far up Cove Point Road from the main highway, just past the sometimes clogged intersection with H.G. Trueman Rd., they turn left and enter the gates of the LNG plant that’s been there for 40 years, but is now undergoing a major upgrade. The road also looks a little brownish from dirt spilled by dump trucks.

Early in the morning on Sunday, May 31, there was no traffic to speak of when two cars with Pennsylvania license plates negotiated the gentle turns and hills of Cove Point Road. A police cruiser followed them. Soon after Cove Point Road turned into Lighthouse Blvd., the two cars, still followed by the police cruiser, turned onto Holly Drive. Blue lights flashed. A sheriff’s deputy wearing olive green pants and a black shirt got out and approached the first car. Continue reading When Police Harass Cove Point Protesters, Is Dominion Getting What It Paid For?

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Calvert County Citizens March with Allies to Stop Cove Point LNG

Photo: About 200 people participated in Saturday’s walk/ Photo by Anne Meador

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

Lusby, Maryland has never seen a civic action this big, according to local residents. Almost two hundred citizens and supporters mobilized on Saturday for a march to stop energy corporation Dominion Resources from converting Cove Point LNG into a liquefaction facility in the middle of a residential neighborhood. They walked six miles from Solomons Island to Cove Point Park to bring attention to health and safety concerns posed by the Dominion export terminal, which they say appropriated the Cove Point name from their community.

We Are Cove Point, Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community, Beyond Extreme Energy, Sierra Club Southern Maryland Group, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Patuxent Friends Quaker Meeting organized the “Walk for Calvert County to be Dominion Free.” The walk was to help residents support each other in the fight against the plant, and to tell Dominion and the local government it is not safe to proceed with a project of this scope so close to 8,045 Lusby residents. Continue reading Calvert County Citizens March with Allies to Stop Cove Point LNG

Atlantic Sunrise Route Changed

atlanticsun-map-01By Mark Gilger, Jr., citizenstandard.com

The Williams Companies Inc. has submitted its Federal Energy Regulatory Commission application for its proposed pipeline in Pennsylvania with about half of the route being changed from the original plans, a company representative said.

An energy company based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Williams Companies Inc. wants to expand its Transco pipeline to connect the natural gas fields in northern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states by 2017.

Dubbed the “Atlantic Sunrise Project,” the proposed expansion of the existing Transco natural gas pipeline would add about 180 miles of new 42-inch, high-pressure pipeline to reach Susquehanna County, transporting about 1.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day that can serve about 7 million homes. The section of the new lines called the Central Penn Line South would run from Lancaster County to Susquehanna County and include about 18 miles of pipeline through five townships in the western part of Schuylkill County, entering from East Cameron Township, Northumberland County, and running underground through Eldred, Hegins, Frailey, Tremont and Pine Grove townships in Schuylkill County, to Union Township, Lancaster County, through Swatara State Park. Continue reading Atlantic Sunrise Route Changed

Central Virginia Pipeline Foes Join Protests at FERC

Nelson County residents bring along a banner with names of neighbors who also oppose the ACP
Nelson County residents bring along a banner with names of neighbors who also oppose the ACP

By Friends of Nelson

A group of residents from Nelson County traveled to Washington, D.C., this week to participate in a nonviolent action at FERC headquarters that was organized by the group Beyond Extreme Energy.  They joined citizens from all over the country who have been the victims of communicide at the hands of the fossil fuel industry and FERC.

FERC has the power to give away to Dominion our property rights, health, and safety, just as they have done to many around the country through their rubber stamping of infrastructure projects and failure to adequately assess public benefits and alternatives. In Nelson County and beyond, our direct experience of this treatment includes FERC’s unwillingness to hear from the majority of residents who wanted to speak at public meetings (which were stacked to hear pro-pipeline puppets), and their refusal, despite public and federal officials’ outcry, to grant additional meetings.  Furthermore, last Thursday, FERC released the transcript of Nelson County’s March 18th scoping period meeting, and it is so full of errors that it is incomprehensible. They also allowed Dominion to “respond” to scoping comments within two weeks—a deadline that obviously renders Dominion’s review nearly meaningless.  FERC’s negligence shows their regard for our property, health, and safety. Continue reading Central Virginia Pipeline Foes Join Protests at FERC

Faith Leaders to FERC: “Listen to the Earth”

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Photo by John Zangas

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

Five people were arrested today at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in Washington, DC protesting the agency’s blanket approval of gas infrastructure projects. Nearly a hundred people blockaded the agency and for two hours held a meditation and silent vigil, hindering staff from entering the building most of the morning.

The Department of Homeland Security deployed over 30 officers, who seemed somewhat reluctant to make arrests. They issued several warnings to disperse before arresting five protesters who refused to comply. Continue reading Faith Leaders to FERC: “Listen to the Earth”

Gas Export Opponents Stage Blockade of FERC

Photo by John Zangas
Photo by John Zangas

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

Protests against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission heated up as more than 80 activists blocked the doors and streets in front of and behind the agency, delaying employees from entering the building for a few hours. They also blockaded North Capitol St. directly behind the agency by erecting an 18-foot metal tripod from which a woman was suspended by a climbing harness. They held large banners saying, “No Fracking #StopGasExports” and “The United States of Fracking.”

Department of Homeland Security officers, who were assembled in front of the building, seemed caught by surprise by the blockade on North Capitol St. and were slow to react. After several warnings, protesters removed the tripod before arrests were made. Continue reading Gas Export Opponents Stage Blockade of FERC

Activists Occupy Interior Department to Protest Arctic Drilling

By John Zangas and Anne Meador

17976977112_d9d18278af_zOn day two of a series of protests called “FERCus,” activists played a cat-and-mouse game with police, starting out early in the morning at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, proceeding to the U.S. Department of the Interior and then returning to FERC by midday.

They began with an early morning sit-in at FERC as employees arrived at work. Later, they ducked into the Metro, confounding police who were closely following their movements.

They showed up an hour later at the Department of the Interior to protest Arctic drilling. (The Obama administration recently conditionally approved Shell Oil’s plan to drill in the Chukchi Sea off of Alaska’s North Slope.) Activists were ejected by security after occupying the lobby for several minutes. Continue reading Activists Occupy Interior Department to Protest Arctic Drilling