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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

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

“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

Dominion Confirms Worker Injured at Cove Point

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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

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 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

Dominion Meeting Overrun by Darth Vader and Stormtroopers

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By Popular Resistance

NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 9, 2015 – Monday morning a coalition of concerned citizens from across the Northeast and Appalachia protested Dominion Resources’ analyst meeting held at the Waldorf Astoria. Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, was promoting expansion projects of its subsidiary Dominion Midstream and its $3.8 billion Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) export terminal at Cove Point, MD.

1darth4The boisterous group, some dressed as Darth Vader and Stormtroopers, paraded in front of the Waldorf to the tune of the Imperial March (Darth Vader’s theme song) carrying signs reading ‘Dominion: Death Star’ and ‘Dominion is Bankrupt’ and handing cards to people as they entered and left the building. Inside the Waldorf Astoria, two waves of groups attempted to penetrate the extensive security outside and inside the meeting room. The first wave of five chanted outside the meeting room. The second and larger wave began with a march through the hotel led by Darth Vader. A small group was able to reach the meeting room through a back entrance but was immediately met by  a swarm of security guards. Both waves chanted “Dominion hurts families, Dominion hurts towns, shut Dominion down, shut Dominion down.” Continue reading Dominion Meeting Overrun by Darth Vader and Stormtroopers

Senator Asks FERC How It Measures Hazards of LNG Export

Photo: Michael Hinrichs (left), a spokesman for Jordan Cove, Sen. Arnie Roblan, D-Coos Bay, and Mark Wall (right), forestry manager for Roseburg Forest Products, stand on the proposed site for the Jordan Cove Energy Project. /Photo by Ted Sickinger

By Ted Sickinger, The Oregonian

Sen. Ron Wyden has asked federal energy regulators to provide him with information on the methods and models used to evaluate public safety hazards from potential chemical leaks at the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project in Coos Bay.

The Oregon Democrat noted in letters to the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the acting administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration that serious questions had been raised in public comments about the adequacy of hazard modeling for the liquefied natural gas export facility. Continue reading Senator Asks FERC How It Measures Hazards of LNG Export

Cove Point Opponents Strategize Legal Battle

By Sarah Fleischman, Calvert Recorder

Two out-of-state lawyers encouraged those living near Dominion Cove Point Wednesday evening to adapt their approach to opposing the controversial expansion of the plant by focusing on the everyday nuisances associated with the project, which is currently under construction.

During a Wednesday meeting of Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community at Southern Community Center, attorneys Richard Middleton of Savannah, Ga., and Charlie Speer of Kansas City, Mo., told the group of about 40 people about their experience in nuisance lawsuits from those neighboring commercial activities.

Speer asserted that he and Middleton attended the meeting not to receive new clients, but to learn more about Cove Point and to teach residents about their legal options. Speer left his position at a large legal firm in favor of representing people affected by industrial activities, such as hog farming. Continue reading Cove Point Opponents Strategize Legal Battle