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.
The 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
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
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
By Marty Madden, Baynet
As the opponents of a $3.8 billion project in Lusby see it, resistance is an option. A group that has dubbed itself “We Are Cove Point” has outlined a weekend schedule to ramp up its campaign to fight the transition of a local gas importation plant to one that exports liquefied natural gas (LNG) to foreign countries.
The group is also planning to confront newly inaugurated Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 21 during an early afternoon state house reception in Annapolis. The purpose for attending the reception is to let Hogan know they oppose hydraulic fracturing—pejoratively known as fracking—in Western Maryland. The new governor has previously indicated he supports implementation of the drilling method for extracting natural gas from the state’s portion of the Marcellus shale.
The Cove Point project was approved by federal and state officials last year. The three components of the plan—construction of an offsite pier in Solomons, an offsite staging area for workers and the liquefaction unit—have all gotten underway. Continue reading Cove Point Foes Plan Big Week