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Speak out against Dominion's Cove Point fracked gas export terminal

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    Speak out against Dominion's Cove Point fracked gas export terminal

    Dominion has a plan to draw huge quantities of natural gas from toxic fracking fields across Appalachia, feed it through a vast, snaking network of explosion-prone pipelines and polluting compressors to a massive new facility on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay that would liquefy the gas, load it onto tankers and ship it to Asia.1 2

    It's called Cove Point and, if completed, this fracked gas export terminal will give the fracking industry access to huge new foreign markets, increasing domestic gas prices and encouraging even more toxic drilling in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia, while putting increased pressure on Maryland and New York to lift their moratoriums on fracking.

    Cove Point would trigger more planet-warming pollution than Maryland's entire fleet of seven coal plants put together.

    Maryland Governor O'Malley and the state Public Service Commission must sign off on key permits, and so far they haven't taken a public stance on Cove Point. Governor O'Malley has unambiguous 2016 presidential ambitions, and is positioning himself as a progressive and environmental champion, so if we speak out loudly enough we may be able to pressure him to act.

    The Public Service Commission is currently accepting public comments on the facility, giving us an important opportunity to demonstrate massive opposition to Cove Point throughout the region.

    Tell Governor O'Malley and the Maryland Public Service Commission: Block Dominion's Cove Point fracked gas export terminal. Please submit a public comment.

    The federal government has already granted Cove Point a license to export fracked gas overseas to countries like China and India. Worse, the Obama administration gave Cove Point a free pass by opting for a less stringent environmental review that will speed approval of the project.

    Every step in the process of extracting, transporting and burning fracked gas endangers public health and safety and exacerbates climate change. The entire process is so dirty and energy-intensive that exporting gas is about as bad or worse than burning coal. And with about 20 similar fracked gas export facilities pending approval across the country, approving Cove Point would add momentum to the fracking industry's push to turn the United States into a global hub for gas exports.

    The facilities required to supercool and liquefy fracked gas are so energy-intensive that Dominion will need to build a brand new 130-megawatt power plant just to power them. Cove Point's liquefaction facility alone would produce more carbon pollution than all but three of the state's coal-fired power plants. And to ship gas from fracking operations across the region to Cove Point will require building a massive network of explosion-prone pipelines and polluting compressor stations.

    It's clear that only the fracking industry will gain if the Cove Point export terminal is approved. But we won't be able to stop Cove Point unless thousands of us speak out. Will you submit a public comment today?

    Tell Governor O'Malley and the Maryland Public Service Commission: Block Dominion's Cove Point fracked gas export terminal. Please submit a public comment.

    1. "Stop Fracked Gas Exports at Cove Point," Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    2. Bill McKibben and Mike Tidwell, "A Big Fracking Lie," Politico, January 21, 2014