Tag Archives: Cove Point

FERC Commissioner Finds Irony in Protest

The Grim Reaper points out the dangers posed by the Cove Point terminal outside Bank of America on Pennsylvania Ave.
The Grim Reaper points out the dangers posed by the Cove Point terminal outside Bank of America on Pennsylvania Ave.

By Anne Meador and John Zangas

An official at a government agency responsible for permitting gas infrastructure took a potshot at protesters who were disrupting a public meeting on January 21. As Commissioner Tony Clark announced that he was leaving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission when his term expires, he sniped at what he seemed to think was the demonstrators’ ingratitude for a primary service FERC performs: greasing the wheels for gas companies to build pipelines, storage facilities and compressor stations to fuel the electrical grid.

“I find it rather ironic,” he said, “that just 24 hours before a very major winter storm on the East Coast, we have people protesting the very infrastructure that will keep them alive over the next 72 hours.” Continue reading FERC Commissioner Finds Irony in Protest

Charges Against Cove Point Activist Won’t Proceed

Carling Sothoron climbed the arm of a crane on February 3, 2015
Carling Sothoron climbed the arm of a crane on February 3, 2015

By Anne Meador

Charges against an anti-fracking activist will no longer proceed after the prosecutor placed the case on an inactive docket at a hearing in Maryland District Court for Calvert County on November 23.

The outcome of Monday’s hearing is the latest development in the fall-out ensuing from a protest against a fracked gas export terminal almost ten months ago.

Defendant Carling Sothoron, a Baltimore educator, climbed up the steel arm of a crane on a Dominion Cove Point construction site last February to drop a banner that read, “Dominion get out. Don’t frack Maryland. No gas exports. Save Cove Point.”

The stunt was an effort to draw attention to the facility’s potential to bring fracking and thousands of miles of pipelines to Maryland, she said in an interview with Between the Lines. She was also concerned with exaggerated benefits and negative consequences to the local community.

Sothoron was convicted of trespassing last April and given a suspended sentence of 40 days and three years’ probation. She declined to comment after the hearing today. Continue reading Charges Against Cove Point Activist Won’t Proceed

Protesters Rappel from Rafters of Stadium During Panthers Game

By Anne Meador

As many as 74,000 NFL fans at last night’s Colts v. Panthers game in Charlotte, North Carolina, witnessed two people rappel from the upper deck of Bank of America Stadium in the pouring rain.

The “fracktivists” — who were later arrested — suspended themselves in front of the press box and unfurled a banner from the railing above which read, “BoA: Dump Dominion, WeAreCovePoint.org.”

The stunt was broadcast live on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, which had an audience of more than 12 million the previous week.

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 10.23.59 PMCarried out during one of the biggest match-ups of the season between the Carolina Panthers and the Indianapolis Colts, the banner drop was designed to shame stadium sponsor Bank of America for its financial backing of a gas liquefaction project on the Chesapeake Bay. Continue reading Protesters Rappel from Rafters of Stadium During Panthers Game

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

Groups Appeal Federal Approval of Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Facility

Protest against LNG export in front of FERC on July 13, 2014
Protest against LNG export in front of FERC on July 13, 2014

Lawsuit charges that regulators illegally ignored the project’s impact on fracking, climate change, and the Chesapeake Bay

By Kelly Trout, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Environmental groups sued the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today over its decision to approve a massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal along the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland without conducting a rigorous environmental review.

The lawsuit, filed in the federal appeals court for the D.C. Circuit, charges that FERC circumvented the law by failing to consider how Dominion Resources’ $3.8 billion Cove Point project would trigger expanded fracking for natural gas in the Marcellus shale region, leading to significant new amounts of air, water and climate-disrupting pollution. Additionally, the groups contend that FERC failed to adequately consider the impact of foreign ships dumping dirty wastewater into the Chesapeake Bay. Earthjustice filed the suit today on behalf of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Patuxent Riverkeeper, and Sierra Club. Continue reading Groups Appeal Federal Approval of Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Facility

Dominion Confronted By Protests Outside Annual Meeting

Protesters object to Dominion Resource's new natural gas infrastructure projects and its kundue influence as a utility in Virginia.
Protesters object to Dominion Resource’s new natural gas infrastructure projects and its undue influence as a utility in Virginia./Photo via CCAN
Protesters from Augusta Co. to Norfolk to Cove Point, Md. unite to challenge business practices wrecking communities and the climate

By Kelly Trout, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Glen Allen, Va.—Over 150 protesters from across Virginia and Maryland greeted Dominion Resources executives and board members arriving for the company’s annual shareholder meeting this morning, in a sign of the growing citizen backlash over the company’s dirty energy investments and dirty politics. (Click here to view photos.) Continue reading Dominion Confronted By Protests Outside Annual Meeting

“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