Join us July 13 in DC!

THANK YOU for making July 13th amazing!

by Shilpa Joshi, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Wow. On Sunday, the heat scorching the streets of DC was palpable. But, even more so, was the passion and power of our movement. THANK YOU for standing up to say NO to fracking, NO to gas exports at Cove Point, NO to runaway climate change, and YES to real clean energy solutions:

Marching to FERC

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We know the gas industry is all about division -- blasting apart the rock beneath our earth, running pipelines through our towns, and further disrupting our fragile climate -- now to ship the gas overseas for higher profit.

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Press Release: Activists March on Obama Energy Commission to Demand a Halt to Fracked Gas Exports

Activists March on Obama Energy Commission to Demand a Halt to Fracked Gas Exports

Chants of ‘Stop Cove Point’ echo through the streets of Washington, D.C. as federal regulators weigh the first proposed East Coast LNG export terminal

WASHINGTON, DC—Anti-fracking and climate activists from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond joined a first-ever “people’s march” on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this afternoon to protest the gas industry’s push to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. coastlines. With a key decision nearing on the Cove Point export terminal proposed in Lusby, Md., just 50 miles south of the White House, protesters are calling on President Obama and FERC to halt approval of all LNG export projects and instead promote true clean energy solutions.

"We’re here today to stand up for clean air, drinking water and real solutions to the climate crisis,” said Sandra Steingraber, PhD, New York-based biologist, author, and science advisor to Americans Against Fracking. “With LNG exports, the only things Americans get are terrifying new health and safety threats, worsening climate instability, and higher heating bills, all so that the gas industry can make bigger profits from fracking us.” 

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Everything you need to know: Stop Gas Exports Rally July 13th

Friends,

We can’t wait to see you in DC this Sunday to gather by the thousands and say NO to fracked gas exports at Cove Point and across the nation.

Below are the final logistics and details for Sunday. Please read through to the end and email us if you have any questions

Rally location:

  • Rally begins at 12:30PM, and the march will end by 3:30PM.
  • Meet west of the Capitol, along Third Street NW on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The rally area is bordered by Third Street NW and Madison Drive NW to the north and Jefferson Drive SW to the south. Check out the map of the rally site!
  • Restrooms will be available at the Botanical Gardens located 2 minutes from the rally at 100 Maryland Avenue SW.
  • We will march from here to FERC at 888 First St. NE, a one mile march.

What (color) to wear:
There will be four contingents in the march, representing the chain of impacts of fracked gas exports. If you can, wear a t-shirt in the color of the contingent you’d prefer to march with:

  • No Gas Exports (red)
  • No Pipelines and Compressor Stations (yellow)
  • No Fracking (blue)
  • Fracking=Methane=Climate Change (green)

Transportation:

  • The nearest Metro train stops are Judiciary Square (Red line) or Federal Center SW (Blue/Orange line); you can find public transportation information here: www.wmata.com.
  • For bus questions and pick up/drop off locations please contact your bus coordinator--there are still buses available from all over the Mid-Atlantic. Click here to see all the transportation options.
  • For drivers, there is a parking garage at Union Station and many other places downtown.

What to bring:

  • The weather is looking hot and humid for Sunday with a high in the high 80’s and a small chance of rain.  Plan accordingly and bring whatever you need to beat the heat: hats, sunscreen, umbrellas, and LOTS of water!
  • Don’t forget good marching shoes, water, snacks, and rain gear (just in case.)
  • Your best signs and banners, drums and other instruments to make some noise!
  • Your mobile phone to tweet (@FERC and @BarackObama, among others) and post photos on Facebook -- all using #stopgasexports.

Volunteer:
We need lots of support to make this rally a success. Can you sign up to help volunteer?  We have a few volunteer roles--check what works for you. Then, fill out your information and an organizer will follow up with you about the next steps.

Principles of Conduct:
By joining this rally, you agree to be nonviolent and respectful of others. If there is a conflict with someone who is not doing so, we will have marshals with the crowd to de-escalate any situation. Please do not bring any illegal drugs or weapons.

One last thing:
If you are with a local group fighting fracking, pipelines/compressor stations or LNG exports, send an email to berksgastruth@gmail.com with your story, in 50 words or less and with a website link (deadline Friday, July 11). We are compiling these and will share all of this important information with the press in the hope that this helps your efforts.

Questions? Email Shilpa Joshi at Shilpa@chesapeakeclimate.org

See you in the streets!

The Stop Gas Exports Rally Steering Committee,
Carolyn Auwauter, Robin Broder, Linda Capato, Tracy Carluccio, Karen Feridun, Allison Fisher, Ted Glick, Drew Hudson, Whit Jones, Shilpa Joshi, Aaron Mintzes, Deb Nardone, Jill Wiener, and Emily Wurth.

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Why We Fight LNG Exports: Stories from the Frontlines

The Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Cove Point & Beyond rally and march are about much more than liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports. Countless communities will be impacted by the extraction, transport, and processing of all of that fracked gas before it’s shipped overseas. Many communities are fighting to hold off the gas industry or are already dealing with the adverse pollution, health, and safety impacts of fracking wells, pipelines and compressor stations.

The following stories, submitted by community-based groups and frontline activists supporting the July 13th mobilization, represent just a few of the anti-fracking efforts underway in communities across the country.

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Thousands to Join First-Ever D.C. March Against Fracked Gas Exports

 NEWS & DAYBOOK ADVISORY for Sunday, July 13, 2014

CONTACT:
Kelly Trout, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, 240-396-2022, 717-439-0346 (cell), kelly@chesapeakeclimate.org
Angela Bradbery, Public Citizen, 202-588-7741, abradbery@citizen.org<
Kate Fried, Food & Water Watch, 202-683-4905, kfried@fwwatch.org 

Thousands to Join First-Ever Washington, D.C. March Against Fracked Gas Exports as Obama Administration Weighs Cove Point Permit

Colorful march will bring giant ‘Stop Cove Point’ pipeline prop to the front door of Obama’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission          

Anti-fracking and climate justice leaders Sandra Steingraber, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Tim DeChristopher and Cherri Foytlin (Gulf Coast) to speak

WASHINGTON, DC—On Sunday afternoon, several thousand activists from across the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond will join the first-ever Washington, D.C. rally against the gas industry’s controversial push to export fracked and liquefied natural gas (LNG) from U.S. coastlines. As a key decision nears on the Cove Point export terminal proposed in Lusby, Md., just 50 miles south of the White House, protesters will call on President Barack Obama and his Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to halt approval of all LNG export projects and protect communities from the surge of new fracking wells, pipelines and planet-warming pollution they would trigger.

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Press Release: Stop Fracked Gas Exports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2014

CONTACT:
Kelly Trout, kelly@chesapeakeclimate.org, 240-396-2022
Mike Tidwell, mtidwell@chesapeakeclimate.org, 240-460-5838

Stop Fracked Gas Exports: Thousands to Protest New Fossil Fuel Export Push at July 13 Rally in DC

Fracking fighters, climate activists and people on the front lines of proposed LNG export projects at Cove Point and beyond will march on President Obama’s FERC headquarters to demand a change in course

WASHINGTON, DC—On Sunday, July 13, people from across the mid-Atlantic region and beyond will gather for the first-ever Washington, D.C. rally aimed at stopping the gas industry’s ongoing and massive push to export fracked natural gas. Rally-goers will converge in D.C. as President Obama’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) weighs a permit for the first proposed fracked gas export facility on the East Coast, the massive Cove Point terminal that would be built just 50 miles south of the White House on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland.

“Our message to President Obama and FERC will be clear,” states the call to action signed by more than two dozen grassroots anti-fracking, community and environmental movement leaders. “Keep the gas in the ground. You can’t fight climate change by expanding fossil fuel use. You can’t lower greenhouse gas emissions by addicting the world to methane leakage that’s as bad as or worse for the atmosphere than coal. You can’t make America great by destroying her rural communities with drilling, pipelines, compressor stations, earthquakes, and flammable tap water.”

The July 13 mobilization is uniting communities facing harm at every step of the gas industry’s proposed gas export build-out. Participants will include mothers on the front lines of fracking in Pennsylvania and New York, fathers fighting new pipelines and gas compressor stations from New Jersey to Virginia, and families living in the shadow of highly hazardous gas “liquefaction” and export terminals proposed at Cove Point and other sites nationwide.

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Bill McKibben invites you to Stop Gas Exports

by Bill McKibben, 350.org

Free at last, from fossil fuels

by Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus

Fracked Gas Exports: A Climate Disaster

by Mike Tidwell, Chesapeake Climate Action Network

This is a crosspost from 350.org.

Even as the facts about liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports get harder and harder to ignore, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to bury its head in the sand. Last month, a Department of Energy study revealed that — even when using conservative estimates of harmful emissions — exports of US fracked gas to Asia provide absolutely no climate benefits for decades, if ever. In fact, exporting natural gas is worse for the climate over the next critical 20 years than if Asian countries burned coal overseas!

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Natural Gas and Global Warming: Methane’s Contribution to Global Warming

This is a crosspost from Greenpeace.

Skyrocketing production of natural gas in the U.S. over the past decade has created a variety of environmentally destructive local impacts including groundwater contamination, the shredding of habitats critical to the survival of certain species, toxic air pollution and even earthquakes. Yet the greatest threat the industry poses may be global: the magnitude of climate-related pollutants including methane, which are emitted by the industry throughout its operations, from gas extraction and distribution to its delivery to businesses and homes. The diffuse nature of the industry, the invisibility of potent greenhouse gases like methane, and the distance (in time and geography) between their release and the consequent impacts make it difficult to grasp the magnitude of the potentially catastrophic consequences of the industry. 

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Big Oil and Gas Sacrifice Local Communities for Profits From LNG Exports

by Wenonah Hauter, Food and Water Watch

This is a crosspost from Food and Water Watch.

On Sunday, July 13, thousands of environmental advocates will gather in downtown Washington, D.C., to oppose Dominion Resources’ Cove Point LNG export facility, a project that is part of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC’s) aggressive push to expand fracking in the Marcellus Shale region. FERC will decide this summer whether or not to approve the proposal to build the Cove Point facility within one mile of 360 homes. On July 13, we have one more chance to urge FERC to stop putting the interests of oil and gas companies above public health and local communities.

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LNG Exports are Illegal

by Tyson Slocum, Public Citizen

This is a crosspost from Public Citizen.

As the White House, Congressional leadership and energy regulators at FERC are fast-tracking natural gas exports, they’re forgetting one important fact: it’s against the law. First, a little background. Less than a decade ago, natural gas prices were at record highs and folks like then-Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan were saying that the US had to make it easier to permit Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) imports. Fast forward to today, where fracking has resulted in booming domestic natural gas production, fueling calls to make it easier to permit LNG exports. But fracking poses enormous risks to the environment, nullifying emissions benefits when it is burned as a fuel. We’ve raised these concerns about LNG exports in the past, but new research shows that exporting LNG is illegal.

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Regulation by Rubber Stamp: Exporting Fracked Gas from Cove Point

by Aaron Mintzes, Earthworks

This is a crosspost from Earthworks.

When John Smith first sailed the Chesapeake Bay, he reported a resource teeming with oysters, crabs, and waters so clear one could see all the way to the bottom. The Bay is the world’s largest estuary. Generations of watermen- Maryland’s analog to cowboys- have shaped the very tradition and character of the region by harvesting the Bay’s bounty, driving the region’s economy, and filling the bellies of hungry crab cake aficionados...

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Chesapeake Region Businesses Oppose Fracked Gas Exports & Call for Clean Energy

by Fran Teplitz, Green America

This is a crosspost from Green America

Dozens of small business leaders in Maryland; Washington, DC; and Virginia are speaking out against the proposed export of fracked gas from Cove Point on the Chesapeake Bay. As business leaders, they know they need to monitor and weigh-in on energy issues that will define energy policy locally and nationally for years to come. These businesses have come to recognize that a Cove Point gas export facility will ultimately only enrich the gas industry – while local communities will face the many dangers inherent in “fracking” gas, transporting it through pipelines, liquefying the gas, and shipping it overseas.

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Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Facility vs. Safety of 24,000 Residents

by Karen Gibbs, Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community

This is a crosspost from EcoWatch

As a resident of the town of Lusby, MD, where a Virginia-based energy giant Dominion Resources wants to build a massive $3.8 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility, I’ve sought out and received a significant education on the safety risks inherent in this industry over the past year. In the process, I’ve returned again and again to this question: Is my safety—and that of the thousands of families living within several miles of this project—a significant concern to federal regulators?

These are facts, not mere speculation: on Sept. 13, 2013, a gas processing facility partly owned by Dominion Resources exploded  in Natrium, WV. On March 31, an LNG plant exploded in Plymouth, WA, injuring five workers and rupturing an LNG storage tank, resulting in the formation of a flammable vapor gas cloud...

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LNG = More Fracking

by Karen Feridun, Berks Gas Truth

This is a crosspost from Berks Gas Truth

On February 20th, Baltimore was the site of what turned out to be the largest rally that city had ever seen. That’s pretty remarkable, considering that it was a lunchtime rally on a weekday during a particularly harsh winter. We’re getting ready for another rally, this time in Washington D.C. on July 13th, and we’re confident the crowd that day will be several times the size of the crowd that day in Baltimore. We came together then and will come together again to protest the proposed Cove Point LNG facility.

Marylanders have led the charge against the facility that would be situated in an area with one road in and one road out, an area wherein nearly 2500 people live within a mile of the proposed site. They’ve organized against the pipeline that would carry the gas to Cove Point, impacting communities along the way.

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Public Outcry Intensifies to Stop Cove Point LNG Export Facility

by Robin Broder, Waterkeepers Chesapeake

This is a cross-post from EcoWatch

Monday marked the end of a contested 30-day public comment period on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) draft Environmental Assessment for the controversial $3.8 billion plan, proposed by Virginia-based Dominion Resources, to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Cove Point, MD. Dominion’s plan is to convert an existing import facility into an export facility and to pipe fracked gas from the Marcellus shale to southern Maryland, liquefy it and export it to be burned in Japan and India.

FERC’s environmental assessment has been widely criticized for failing to address the project’s role in speeding fracking across Appalachia, worsening the climate crisis and threatening the safety of nearby residents in Calvert County with potential explosion and fire catastrophes...

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Cove Point is all about fracking

by Elisabeth Hoffman, HoCo Climate Change

This is a crosspost from ClimateHoward.

In December, I spoke briefly on the phone with a Dominion spokesman. Near the end of our conversation, I mentioned concerns about fracking. “Oh, we won’t be doing any fracking at Cove Point,” he rushed to assure me.

We know that no fracking will take place at Dominion’s Cove Point facility.

That remark, however, shows Dominion’s duplicity throughout this approval process. Its stance has been that the shale-gas liquefaction and export facility proposed for Cove Point has nothing to do with fracking. And yet, this project has everything to do with fracking. That is the only source of the gas. To approve the project is to require the fracking.

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#StopGasExports: A Week of Online Action

by Katie Malzbender, CCAN

This morning, the inbox of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is being flooded with tens of thousands of messages from people all across the nation saying “no” to fracked gas exports. Today is the final day to submit a public comment urging FERC to reject the “poster child” for a disastrous gas industry plan to export natural gas: the Cove Point terminal proposed just 50 miles from the White House on the Chesapeake Bay in southern Maryland...

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