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Why You Should Care About and Fight Against Dominion/Cove Point LNG Export Plant Even If You Don’t Live in Lusby, Maryland

Why You Should Care About and Fight Against Dominion/Cove Point LNG Export Plant Even If You Don’t Live in Lusby, Maryland

Tammy October 3, 2014 0 comments
picture of the ohio river

Nine citizen and environmental groups are urging West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider his plans to let companies drill for oil and natural gas underneath the Ohio River, citing concerns that drilling and fracking could contaminate the drinking water supply and increase the risk of earthquakes in the region. http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/09/29/3573449/west-virginia-to-frack-ohio-river/

LNG – liquid natural gas.

A short little bit of background with lots of links to educate yourself

Thanks to FERC (Federal Energy Regulator Commission, a NON-governmental agency populated by energy industry folks), we in Lusby will have an LNG Export Plant.  In the middle of a neighborhood.  And the only escape route should anything go wrong is by that plant.  Today concerned citizens held a rally in the homeowner’s yard opposite the gate to the plant to draw attention to the proximity to homes and real people who are in danger from that plant.

Oh, and by the way, the plant is on the Chesapeake Bay.  All you supporters who give money to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation should come talk to me – leave me a message here.  We’ll email.

We are getting to be nationally known, and here’s why you should care, because with this export plant in place, fracking is going to increase – because it has a market.  And new pipelines will be built to get that fracked gas to our plant.  Fracked gas contains, among other things, radon.  Lots of other stuff, but you’ll probably recognize radon so I’ll led you do more research.  You can see more in the poster to the right.

Fracking waste pits are virtually unregulated in the U.S., putting nearby residents at risk of exposure to cancer-causing chemicals like toluene and benzene. There are still a lot of unknowns about the chemicals involved in fracking, but here's what we do know about the health risks of waste pits

Fracking waste pits are virtually unregulated in the U.S., putting nearby residents at risk of exposure to cancer-causing chemicals like toluene and benzene. There are still a lot of unknowns about the chemicals involved in fracking, but here’s what we do know about the health risks of waste pits

We here in Lusby didn’t catch wind of any of this until the process was well under way.  Yes, The Calvert County Board of County Commissoners sold the citizens they are to keep safe for a handful of gold.  And in the scheme of things, it is a handful – one they might not even get now that demand globally – which is where this gas will all go; none of it is for domestic use – is decreasing.

The residents have been raising alarms about putting this plant in the middle of an established neighborhood, but all those with the power to do something have ignored facts, science and anything that might function as a conscience.  Now that FERC has given it’s approval, they feel free to admit that yes, emergency routes “might” be needed.

Tell me: how are hundreds of families plus the 2000 workers we keep hearing about all going to make it safely out of a plant with only a two-lane, no-shoulder road that runs in front of the plant.  Tell me that! “Might” indeed.

There’s a really good Facebook page if you want to educate yourself here, Citizens Against LNG Exports at Cove Point.

What I really want to share

This is one of the speeches given at today’s press conference, which I think  goes to the heart of all of this.  It was given by Yvonne Micheli, who I know from my being the religion educator at the Prince Frederick, Md, UU church where she is a

Yvonne Micheli speaking in the front yard of a house across the street from the plant.  Do you see how close the tanks are to people?

Yvonne Micheli speaking in the front yard of a house across the street from the plant. Do you see how close the tanks are to people?

member.  She is also a member of the group fighting Dominion Cove Point.  Yvonne kindly gave me her transcript to share:

Fracked gas refineries are dirty, dangerous, unsafe, and unhealthy from beginning to end.

Every person I have spoken to about this expresses worry, concern and fear; and many then go on to state that “it is a done deal” – some even state that we will be poisoned and/or blown up but there is nothing that can be done.

This is my response to that:

“Optimism is a political act.  Those who benefit from the status quo are perfectly happy for us to think nothing is going to get any better.  In fact, these days, cynicism is obedience.” {Alex Steffen, The Bright Green City}

When this county first became independent from England, those who could vote were male, white, owned property and often belonged to a specific church.  the power-that-be and the word-on-the-street said:  it’s a done deal.  But some citizens and wise leaders did not agree with that.

When women wanted to vote, the power-that-be said “not” to that possibility – it’s a done deal.  Again, some citizens and wise leaders did not go along with that.

lng explosion

6k gallons of gas exploding. Dcp has 410k. Imagine the possibilities. You can’t see the high rises in this picture. They are abt 1/4 inch at the bottom of the flames

After the civil war, people of color were disenfranchised, abused, lynched and denied access to education and opportunity.  The power-that-be and the word-on-the-street was:  it’s a done deal.  And some citizens and wise leaders did not stop speaking for justice and a greater good.

I was told that at one time, in a certain state, there was a law on the books that limited the thickness of the rod a man could use to beat his children and his wife.  I believe that those women and children were told that it was a done deal.  Again, some citizens and wise leaders did not nod and let the deal stand.

Throughout our history, destruction and injustice happened and were challenged so that change for the better could occur.

Today we stand here at Cove Point and say that this plant IS NOT A DONE DEAL!

Native American tradition teaches that each generation is to treat the earth in a manner which allows for the next seven generations to live upon it.  The major world religions speak about being stewards of the earth.  Interfaith groups, both in this country and abroad, work to stop the human addition to fossil fuels, an addiction that uses denial to threaten the existence of life on the planet.

The recent climate march in NYC and around the world included the participation of Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light, Pennsylvania Interfaith Power and Light, Lutherans who marched for “a better worldliness,” Triangle Interfaith Alliance, and members of all of the major faiths of the world.

Why did people from diverse religious and theological perspectives join together in this march?

Real people live across and way too close to this plant.  And yet all who were supposed to protect us have been silent.  Even Barbara Mikulski who fought and beat the plant at Sparrows Point in Baltimore.  Is Lusby less than Baltimore?

Real people live across and way too close to this plant. And yet all who were supposed to protect us have been silent. Even Barbara Mikulski who fought and beat the plant at Sparrows Point in Baltimore. Is Lusby less than Baltimore?

Because this issue is profoundly a moral and ethical one.

the Unitarian Universalist’s seventh principle states that we respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Buddhist teachings tell us to care for the earth.

Islam teaches that humans are to be guardians of Allah’s creation.

Christianity teaches that the earth is God’s and he has entrusted it to us and that we will be accountable for how we treat it.

Jewish tradition teaches us to care for the planet in order to preserve what the Lord has given us.

None of these teachings tell humans that they are to close their eyes when witnessing practices that harm the earth and its inhabitants.  Instead, spiritual paths encourage us to not just talk the talk, but to walk the walk.

And so, here in Cover Point, we speak today stating the scientific facts about the health and safety dangers of this facility.  And we call on the religious and spiritual traditions to remind us to truly be stewards to our precious plant.

Thank you for letting me speak.

Thank You, Yvonne, for raising your voice!

 

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