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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

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9 Days of Protest to Expose FERC

Members of Beyond Extreme Energy pose with signs and banners/Photo by John Zangas
Members of Beyond Extreme Energy pose with signs and banners/Photo by John Zangas

Protest organizers say fracking wouldn’t happen without FERC

By Anne Meador and John Zangas

Several days of protests are about to kick off in Washington, DC in response to the increasing toll which hydraulic fracking is taking on communities in the United States and the global climate. A coalition group called Beyond Extreme Energy has planned direct actions on the doorstep of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which approves construction of interstate gas pipelines, compressor stations, gas storage facilities and other infrastructure around the country. Continue reading 9 Days of Protest to Expose FERC

In Reversal, Virginia AG Says Localities May Ban Fracking

fracking-signBy Ivy Main, Power for the People VA

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring issued an official advisory opinion on May 5 holding that Virginia localities have the right to prohibit hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) as part of their power to regulate land use within their boundaries. The letter reverses a two-year-old opinion by former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Herring’s opinion cites §15.2-2280 of the Virginia Code, which grants broad zoning powers to localities. These include the power to “regulate, restrict, permit, prohibit, and determine” land uses, such as “the excavation or mining of soil or other natural resources.” Thus, writes Herring, “I conclude that the General Assembly has authorized localities to pass zoning ordinances prohibiting fracking. The plain language of the stature also authorizes localities to regulate fracking in instances where it is permitted.” Continue reading In Reversal, Virginia AG Says Localities May Ban Fracking

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

U.S. Shale Gas Exports Are ‘Dead in the Water’

Cove Point LNG, under construction, is slated to export gas from the Marcellus Shale to India and Japan. But what if there isn't enough gas to export?
Cove Point LNG is slated to export gas from the Marcellus Shale to India and Japan. But what if there isn’t enough gas to export?

By Jim Flood, ieefa.org

The potential for exports of U.S. natural gas is not as rosy as proponents once imagined, said two panelists at this week’s New Energy Finance 2015 conference.

Here’s Charlie Blanchard of Bloomberg New Energy Finance: “We don’t think that Pennsylvania gas makes it to Miami, much less Tokyo. There’s really only enough of it to supply the eastern U.S. There’s not so much of it that we can export it everywhere.”

Deborah Lawrence of Energy Policy Forum painted a more dire picture, asserting that shale exports are “dead in the water” and that U.S. shale production will peak between 2018 and 2020. Continue reading U.S. Shale Gas Exports Are ‘Dead in the Water’

Maryland House, Senate Pass Measures to Curb Fracking

Protesters rally in Annapolis to encourage a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking/Photo by Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun
Protesters rally in Annapolis to encourage a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking/Photo by Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun

By Erin Cox and Timothy Wheeler, Baltimore Sun

Both chambers of the Maryland General Assembly separately passed measures Tuesday that mark the most aggressive action the legislature has taken to curb natural gas extraction in the state.

The Maryland House of Delegates passed a three-year ban on fracking and the Senate approved tough new legal standards for drillers. Each bill must clear still the other chamber, but the actions signaled the legislature was willing to go further than it has before to limit natural gas drilling. Continue reading Maryland House, Senate Pass Measures to Curb Fracking

Gas Company Sues Tiny Ohio Town for Its Water–So It Can Pollute What’s Left

The Slope Creek Reservoir in Barnesville, Ohio, provides water for at least two oil and gas companies.

The Slope Creek Reservoir in Barnesville, Ohio, provides water for at least two oil and gas companies/Photo courtesy of Concerned Barnesville Area Residents

By Samantha Page, ThinkProgress

A tiny town in eastern Ohio is being sued by an Oklahoma-based oil and gas company that bought more than 180 million gallons of water from the town last year. That water use, combined with a dry fall, prompted the village to temporarily shut off water to Gulfport Energy. Now, a second company has a water agreement, and there might not be enough water to go around. Continue reading Gas Company Sues Tiny Ohio Town for Its Water–So It Can Pollute What’s Left