On July 13 in Washington, DC, demonstrators will rally near the U.S. Capitol to call on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject a permit for Dominion Resources' proposed LNG export facility at Cove Point, Maryland – 50 miles from the White House on the Chesapeake Bay. "For far too long, President Obama has allowed FERC to put the interests of the oil and gas industry above our health, safety and climate, rubber-stamping project after project," say the organizers, who include activists from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and 350. More than 150,000 people have submitted public comments opposing the project.
UPDATE July 15: Twenty Five Arrested at Anti-Fracking Protest in Washington, DC: Twenty-five anti-fracking and climate activists were arrested on July 14 in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters in Washington D.C. The arrests took place during the second day of planned actions demanding that FERC and the Obama administration consider the impacts of natural gas extraction and transportation on communities.
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From the rally organizers:
For far too long, President Obama has allowed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to put the interests of the oil and gas industry above our health, safety and climate. FERC has rubber-stamped project after project to expand fracking here and export fracked gas overseas. On Sunday, July 13th, we say enough is enough.
WHAT: First national rally to stop fracked gas exports at Cove Point and beyond!
WHEN: Sunday, July 13th, 12:30pm - 3:30pm
WHERE: Rally begins west of the U.S. Capitol Reflecting Pool on the National Mall. Meet at the intersection of 3rd St NW and Madison Drive NW, Washington, DC 20216.
More fracking. Worsening climate change. Expanding pipelines. Unprecedented safety risks. Higher gas prices. The gas industry's rush to build 20 or more industrial facilities along our nation's coastlines to export fracked gas overseas would bring all of these impacts upon U.S. communities. It would move us in exactly the wrong direction when we urgently need to move forward in tackling the climate crisis.
On July 13th in Washington, DC, we'll come together to send a decisive message to President Obama and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: Say “no!” to fracked gas exports at Cove Point and nationwide.
It will be a critical time to act. This summer, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will be nearing a decision on one of the worst examples of the gas export rush: Dominion Resources' proposed fracked gas export facility at Cove Point – just 50 miles from the White House on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland.
On Sunday, July 13th, fracking fighters everywhere, movement leaders like Tim DeChristopher and Sandra Steingraber, mothers fending off compressor stations, fathers fighting pipelines – and everyday people demanding solutions to climate change – will march together by the thousands. We'll call on President Obama and FERC to reject a gas export disaster, at Cove Point and beyond, and instead redouble investments in the wind, solar and energy efficiency technologies that will support good jobs and a stable climate for all.
Ryan Koronowski, Climate Progress: Gas Export Terminal Draws Opposition From Marylanders, Faith Groups
Caroline Selle at DeSmogBlog: Activists Prepare July 13 Cove Point Protest, Lawsuits To Fight LNG Exports
Aaron Mintzes, Earthworks: Regulation by Rubber Stamp: Exporting Fracked Gas from Cove Point
Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network: Fracked Gas Exports: A Climate Disaster
Joe Romm, Climate Progress: Energy Department Bombshell: LNG Has No Climate Benefit For Decades, IF EVER*
U.S. Department of Energy: Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas from the United States
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