Southern Environmental Law Center Senior Attorney Greg Buppert testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on Wednesday on the failure of the proposed National Energy Security Corridors Act to account for the significant impacts that natural gas pipelines crossing federal lands would have on the surrounding local communities and private property. The proposed legislation would allow pipelines to be sited through federal lands without providing the general public an opportunity to weigh in. Continue reading Congress Considers Fast-Tracking Gas Pipelines Through Federal Lands→
Construction on a natural gas pipeline set to run through Maryland has been halted after a judge found that the state hadn’t done enough to protect the environment and hadn’t given residents enough of a chance to weigh in on the project.
Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Justin J. King ruled last week that the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) must go back and revise the permit it issued for the 21-mile pipeline, which is being constructed by Columbia Pipeline Group and is slated to run through Baltimore and Harford counties. According to the judge’s ruling, the permit’s water safety requirements were too general, “rendering it impossible for this court to determine whether the permit complies with state and federal water quality regulations.” Continue reading Judge Halts Work On Maryland Pipeline Due To Environmental Concerns→
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.
Beyond Extreme Energy (BXE) coalition, which is challenging FERC’s approval of Dominion Resources LNG export terminal project at Cove Point, MD, peacefully protested at the first of four technical conferences focused on EPA’s Clean Power Plan. BXE’s activists are concerned about the inherent environmental and climate disruptions not being addressed by FERC and the health and safety of communities impacted by FERC’s industry-appeasing permitting process of fracked gas infrastructure. Continue reading Cove Point Protectors Interrupt Monthly FERC Meeting→
One week remains in the public scoping process of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s environmental review of two natural gas transmission projects that will impact Charles County.
The projects, both proposed by Dominion Transmission, a Dominion subsidiary, will deliver natural gas to two new power plants — the 725-megawatt CPV St. Charles Energy Center in Waldorf and the 735-megawatt Keys Energy Center in Brandywine — with each plant tapping into Dominion’s existing natural gas pipeline.
Note: One of the most pervasive and insidious myths shoring up fracking is that natural gas is the “clean bridge fuel.” Even many environmentalists persist is using the industry’s propaganda term “clean” to refer to natural gas, often calling it “cleaner than coal.” Burning gas is not “clean” or “cleaner than” using other fossil fuels. This is a myth that needs to be shattered. The following is one piece which penetrates the fog.
In his letter to the editor [“There are benefits to natural gas,” Jan. 23, The Calvert Recorder], Mr. Tom Forgette of St. Leonard wrote that natural gas is “the most environmentally friendly fuel (in Calvert County, the U.S. and the world),” and that it “can reduce the rate of global warming and, hence, have a positive impact on the world.”