Tag Archives: Cove Point

Request for Rehearing on Cove Point Demanded at FERC Meeting

Margaret Flowers removed by security from FERC Commission meeting/Photo by Kevin Zeese
Margaret Flowers removed by security from FERC Commission meeting/Photo by Kevin Zeese

By Beyond Extreme Energy in Baynet

Washington, DC – This morning, March 19, singing and chanting members of We Are Cove Point (WACP) from Lusby, Maryland, and their supporters from Beyond Energy (BXE) attempted to sit in and read a statement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) monthly meeting, protesting FERC’s failure to rule on a Request for Rehearing of its Sept. 29, 2014 order approving Dominion Resource’s construction permit for Cove Point even while construction at the hotly-challenged site continues. They were immediately removed from the building and the doors were locked behind them. Continue reading Request for Rehearing on Cove Point Demanded at FERC Meeting

Protestors Refuse to Be Silenced at FERC Meeting

A protestor is escorted from the FERC Commissioners' meeting on March 19, 2015/Photo by Scott Mahaskey
A protestor is escorted from the FERC Commissioners’ meeting on March 19, 2015/Photo by Scott Mahaskey

By Rich Heidorn, Jr., RTO Insider

WASHINGTON — About 10 protesters were led or carried out of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s open meeting Thursday after defying the commission’s “no interruptions” rule with chants of “Stop construction at Cove Point!”

Last week, the commission issued an order saying it no longer will allow protesters to read statements before its meetings, as Chairman Cheryl LaFleur previously had permitted since the activists began appearing regularly at commission meetings last fall. Continue reading Protestors Refuse to Be Silenced at FERC Meeting

Dominion Fined for Delayed Emissions Reporting at Cove Point LNG

A prop illustrates all the pollutants that will be emitted by the Cove Point power station.
A prop illustrates all the pollutants that will be emitted by the Cove Point power station.
Agrees to $365,000 settlement with EPA

By Sarah Fleischman, Calvert Recorder

Dominion Cove Point has agreed to pay a settlement of $365,000 for the lack of timely reporting of ammonia emissions that occurred between December 2012 and February 2013.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cited Dominion for failing to report 27 separate releases of more than 100 pounds of ammonia from its natural gas turbines while generating the site’s electricity, according to an EPA statement distributed Tuesday. Continue reading Dominion Fined for Delayed Emissions Reporting at Cove Point LNG

Cove Point LNG Protest Was Not a ‘Stunt’

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An activist drops a banner from a crane on Dominion’s construction site.

By Yvonne Micheli, Calvert Recorder

On Feb. 11, The Calvert Recorder published an unsigned editorial [“Protest in a safe, legal and peaceful manner”] calling the nonviolent civil disobedience that took place at Dominion’s Offsite Area A a “stunt” that endangered lives. It claimed the action was unnecessary because there are “other safe, legal avenues to pursue.” Continue reading Cove Point LNG Protest Was Not a ‘Stunt’

Dominion Pipes Gas Out from Cove Point, Continues Construction of Liquefaction Facility

Water vapor rises in the background as site preparation work continues at Cove Point LNG despite the cold weather on Friday. The water vapor was from the equipment turning LNG into its gas state to be put in the pipeline to meet increased demand this winter. The current number of construction workers and support staff is at 480 but is expected to climb to 1,500 later this year as the pace of the project picks up and gets beyond site preparation./Photo by Darwin Weigel
Water vapor rises in the background as site preparation work continues at Cove Point LNG despite the cold weather. The water vapor was the result of converting LNG to its gas state./Photo by Darwin Weigel

Note: Cove Point LNG has been dormant as an import facility since 2011. Its function then was to offload liquefied natural gas (LNG) from tankers which originated in Algeria, and pipe it into the seven massive storage tanks. The supercooled and pressurized LNG would then be re-gasified in order to travel through pipelines.
Continue reading Dominion Pipes Gas Out from Cove Point, Continues Construction of Liquefaction Facility

20 LNG Project Protestors Argue Their Defense in Court

Cove Point protestors outside the Calvert County Courthouse.
Cove Point protestors outside the Calvert County Courthouse.
Most receive 3 years unsupervised probation

By Andrea Frazier, Calvert Recorder

In multiple court proceedings involving 20 defendants accused of minor charges stemming from late-2014 protests, Calvert residents as well as out-of-state advocates defended their actions they claimed were necessary to protect public health and safety. Continue reading 20 LNG Project Protestors Argue Their Defense in Court

In Court, Cove Point Defenders Vow to Fight On

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After the trials, the We Are Cove Point protectors, their supporters and attorney Mark Goldstone reviewed the day. Missing is Steve Norris, who was sent directly to jail.

By Elisabeth Hoffman, Climate Howard

Steve Norris, a retired professor from North Carolina, is stuck in the Calvert County Detention Center for the next few days. That is not his chief concern, though. And he’s expressed no remorse for his crime. Continue reading In Court, Cove Point Defenders Vow to Fight On

Judge Rejects Necessity Defense, Imposes Stiff Sentence on Cove Point Protestors

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Cove Point protestors outside the Calvert County Courthouse.

By Margaret Flowers, We Are Cove Point

Prince Frederick, MD – On Monday, February 23, twenty Cove Point Protectors went to trial in the Calvert County District Court for actions last November and December to raise awareness and build resistance to a new gas refinery, liquefaction train, power plant and export terminal being built by Dominion Resources in the neighborhood of Cove Point in Southern Maryland. The Cove Point Protectors, as a group, were charged with 20 counts of trespass, 19 counts of failure to obey a lawful order and 2 counts of disorderly conduct. Continue reading Judge Rejects Necessity Defense, Imposes Stiff Sentence on Cove Point Protestors

Democracy Will Not Be Won Without Guts and Solidarity

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By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers, Popular Resistance

Henry David Thoreau became a tax rebel to oppose slavery. Ralph Waldo Emerson visited Thoreau while he was imprisoned for this act of civil disobedience. Emerson asked, “Henry, what are you doing in there?” Thoreau replied, “Waldo, the question is what are you doing out there?”

Most of the Popular Resistance team is in Cove Point, MD right now. Almost all are very likely to go to jail for several weeks after Monday’s hearing for our efforts to stop the Dominion fracked gas export terminal at Cove Point. You can donate to the campaign here. Stopping this terminal is the key to stopping fracking on the east coast. Continue reading Democracy Will Not Be Won Without Guts and Solidarity

Cove Point Protectors Found Guilty of Trespassing

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Defendants Jesse Schultz, Donny Williams, Kelly Canavan, and Michael Hanes

By Kevin Zeese, We Are Cove Point

Today, Jesse Schultz, Donny Williams, Kelly Canavan and Michael Hanes went on trial for the first Cove Point protest in the fall when Kelly U-locked herself to a front loader at a Cove Point construction site. The trial was heard by Calvert County District Court Judge Robert B. Riddle. Continue reading Cove Point Protectors Found Guilty of Trespassing