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  • Welcome CCAN Summer Fellows! | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    of Virginia She s originally from the east coast but her parents currently live in Tulsa Oklahoma and she attended high school there She serves as media liaison for the Virginia Student Environmental Coalition as well as Outreach Coordinator for the Climate Action Society at the University of Virginia Nqobile Mthethwa Atlantic Coast Pipeline Fellow Charlottesville and Richmond VA Nqobile is a 3 rd year at the University of Virginia studying Political Science with a concentration on Foreign Affairs with a minor in Global Sustainability She s the political engagement coordinator of Virginia Student Environmental Coalition and a member of UVA Climate Action Society She attended several energy and clean power plan hearings for the VA Energy Plan while interning with Appalachian Voices in 2014 and worked with Organizing for Action s Climate Change team on Clean Power Plan and solar initiatives Recently she s been working on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline resistance effort organizing against natural gas infrastructure She s really interested in policy pertaining to energy in Virginia and how to build student political power to steer universities and the state towards a fossil free future Millie Smith Mountain Valley Pipeline Fellow Richmond VA Millie just finished her sophomore year at Virginia Tech She is in an interdisciplinary environmental studies program with a concentrations on civic agriculture and urban planning Based in Blacksburg she has worked most with building community power and opposition to the Mountain Valley Pipeline Nate Levine Hampton Roads Organizing Fellow Norfolk VA Nate is a native of Virginia Beach and it s his love of surfing and the ocean sparked an urgency to fight climate change He is currently pursuing a B A in English Creative Writing and a B A in History at the University of Mary Washington At Mary Washington he directed his passion for environmental justice into organizing with the DivestUMW campaign which is pressuring the administration and Board of Visitors to withdraw their investments from the fossil fuel industry In his spare time Nate enjoys surfing hiking writing poetry and playing guitar Alex Krass Bonner Center for Civic Engagement Fellow Richmond VA Alex Krass is a rising senior at the University of Richmond majoring in Environmental Studies and Business He started working on the divestment movement on Richmond s campus Originally from Vermont he has lived there most of his life giving him a true appreciation for the outdoors Alex s fellowship exists through a partnership with the University of Richmond s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement Jamie DeMarco Clean Energy Fellow Takoma Park MD Jamie grew up in Baltimore and is currently a Chemistry and Environmental Studies double major at Warren Wilson College He enjoys running climbing and acting but has recently come to enjoy activism more and more This past year he was involved in campaigns to reform smoking policies on his college campus and volunteered as a sexual assault crisis responder He also tied himself to the White House fence and lobbied Senators to combat climate change

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/welcome-ccan-summer-fellows/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Cove Point: Calvert County Citizens Keep Up the Fight | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    explosion or other catastrophe at the plant could put CCHC s members and their neighbors in danger Water park abutting Dominion s plant The reality of what s at stake if the Governor ignores the citizens of Calvert County really hit home for me Monday Jon and I went for a drive through Cove Point Park a beautiful park that shares a fence with Dominion s plant Jon told me that this park with its two playgrounds baseball diamonds and crowded water park is the place where kids in Calvert County go to play And it shares a fence with the plant Imagine the horrific scene if there were an explosion like the one that occurred at an LNG facility this spring in Plymouth Washington And I met Leslie Garcia one of the creative minds behind CCHC With her husband Leslie has been putting blood sweat and tears into renovating their home a home I had a hard time leaving after an hour let alone 20 years They feel like they ll have no choice but to leave if Dominion wins They re in Dominion s backyard their home is less than a 5 minute walk from the overlook facing Dominion s current import platform and a short drive from the plant Imagine locking the door and walking away from the home you d hoped to live the rest of your life in because you know that staying is too dangerous View from Solomon s Island looking towards the proposed site of Dominion s pier Before leaving we walked along the pier at Solomon s Island looking out over the scenic Patuxent River towards the Thomas Johnson Bridge Dominion plans to build a temporary pier next to the bridge for the loading and unloading of construction materials And right next

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/cove-point-calvert-county-citizens-keep-up-the-fight/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Tell Sen. Kaine and Warner: Say ”No” to offshore drilling now! | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the Obama administration finalizes its draft plan this is a critical time to keep the pressure on and we need Virginia s most powerful voices in Washington D C to stand with us That s why we re joining our allies including the Virginia Sierra Club Oceana and others in urging Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to declare their opposition to offshore drilling now Click here to tell U S Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner Now is the time to say NO to offshore drilling for Virginia Let s protect our coast not inflict more damage From Georgia to North Carolina to Virginia a movement against drilling is growing None of us wants to be the next Gulf Coast where tar balls are still washing up on beaches from the disastrous BP oil spill Since BOEM first announced plans to open the Atlantic Coast to drilling more than 100 municipalities 700 state and local officials and roughly 1 100 businesses up and down the coast have said NO to drilling 1 For three decades there has been a ban on offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Why risk so much now Our coastal communities are already being flooded by rising sea levels We can t afford to enable more of the fossil fuel pollution driving climate change Nor can we afford to endanger our growing coastal economy or some of our region s greatest environmental treasures Instead we can and should use our coast for offshore wind expansion wind energy can lead to more energy and jobs in the future without putting our coast in harm s way Now is the time Urge Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner to say NO to offshore drilling While Senators Kaine and Warner have advocated for drilling off Virginia s coast

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/tell-sen-kaine-and-warner-say-no-to-offshore-drilling-now/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Coastal Residents Bring the Fight Against Sea Level Rise to Richmond | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    is simply reckless and unacceptable On Monday January 26th over 40 residents of coastal Virginia including myself woke up at 6 00 AM to drive to Richmond and let their representatives know that there is no more time for procrastination we need to act now These amazing activists were participants in the Virginia Conservation Network s VCN 2015 Conservation Lobby Day We came from every major city near the coast to urge our representatives to support the Virginia Coastal Protection Act HB 2205 SB 1428 This bipartisan bill will raise urgently needed funds for coastal flooding protection measures by joining Virginia into a nine state regional system for capping carbon emissions Even though we were met by dreary weather conditions in the morning the event was an amazing success We started the day with very constructive meetings with delegates and state senators from both parties It was truly powerful to witness so many coastal residents explain to their representatives how coastal flooding is a real problem within their districts at this very moment Our incredible volunteers were not only voicing their concerns but also standing up for hundreds of thousands of coastal residents and I truly believe that the General Assembly was forced to recognize that on Monday If the day had ended there then I could already call it a success But we still had more work to do in Richmond After a whirlwind morning full of lobbying in the General Assembly office buildings a few coastal residents joined Mike Tidwell CCAN s Executive Director and I for a meeting with Virginia s Chief Resilience Officer Brian Moran and a couple other members of Governor Terry McAuliffe s administration This meeting allowed some of our most active volunteers a chance to share their stories with a representative of the

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/coastal-residents-bring-the-fight-against-sea-level-rise-to-richmond/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Groups call on MD leaders to demand comprehensive review for Cove Point | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Point May 22 2014 By Susan Yin Share Following the release of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission FERC s draft Environmental Assessment EA of Dominion Resources proposed 3 8 billion Cove Point liquefied natural gas LNG export facility environmental student community and health groups across Maryland voiced their concerns through a full page advertisement in the Baltimore Sun on Sunday May 18th The ad called on Governor O Malley Senator Mikulski

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/covepoint-baltsun-ad/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Is The Cove Point Liquified Natural Gas Terminal The Next Keystone XL? | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    to make Cove Point a sequel to Keystone I think that the battle over natural gas is joining the high profile fossil fuel resistance that you re seeing across the country he said Here s how the two fossil fuel projects compare 1 They re both export facilities At least some of the oil traveling through the Keystone XL pipeline will will likely be shipped overseas Opponents of the pipeline say the export plans undermine industry claims that the pipeline will help move the United States toward energy independence But there s no question about that when it comes to Cove Point Dominion Energy has already signed contracts with India and Japan to export natural gas from the terminal 2 There are safety concerns related to both projects The concerns regarding the Keystone XL s safety are well documented with the potential for spills cited most frequently Cove Point will be linked to a network of pipelines and the facility will be used for cooling and pressurizing natural gas that will then be loaded onto tankers and shipped out to sea Among other concerns list of controversies surrounding the Keystone XL review process including an initial environmental impact statement that President Obama sent back back for further review Environmental groups have complained that the contractor that authored the most recent environmental impact analysis has ties to TransCanada that should have precluded it from working on the Keystone report and that the analysis downplays environmental concerns When it comes to Cove Point FERC is conducting an environmental assessment instead of a more detailed environmental impact statement EIS The federal regulatory agency is not required to conduct an EIS if a facility is only making minor modifications But environmental groups say that the modifications Dominion is proposing are far from minor and that FERC s plan is misguided and absurd In May 2013 Maryland Gov Martin O Malley D signed a law giving Calvert County the authority to grant a tax break to Dominion In November 2013 the Board of County Commissioners voted to approve a five year Payment in Lieu of Taxes PILOT agreement for Dominion Energy After completing the PILOT Dominion will receive 42 percent relief on real and personal property taxes for nine years according to a press release from the Calvert County Department of Economic Development County commissioners want to promote the expansion of the LNG facility which they say will create jobs and boost the local economy However many local residents are not happy about the tax break which they say will essentially subsidize the pollution of their community One county commissioner has already suggested she s not interested in hearing from anyone opposed to expanding the LNG facility Before a hearing on whether to exempt the proposed facility from zoning regulations County Commissioner Susan E Shaw posted on Facebook discouraging community attendance It is a waste of time to come to the zoning hearing if you have concerns about the Dominion Cove Point Project she wrote

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/is-the-cove-point-liquified-natural-gas-terminal-the-next-keystone-xl/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Environmental Groups Call For Rejection Of Cove Point Expansion | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    on state officials to reject the plan Hundreds of protesters gathered on War Memorial Plaza in downtown Baltimore many holding signs with anti fracking slogans or mini cardboard windmills to show their support for energy alternatives Mike Tidwell director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network compared the current fight to stop Dominion s natural gas export plans to the battle decades ago to get the truth out about the health risks of tobacco And that s why we need an Environmental Impact Statement because it is the equivalent of a Surgeon General s report Tidwell said We need a Surgeon General s report for Cove Point when that comes out Marylanders will be appalled and repelled by this idea and it won t get built But Dominion maintains that voices like Tidwell s are simply a vocal minority and point out that exporting more natural gas is part of the President s clean energy agenda Jeff Guido is a spokesman for the Maryland state pipe trades association a union whose members would get many of the thousands of construction jobs that would come with the project He says the economic benefits of Cove Point would ripple across the state We

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/environmental-groups-call-for-rejection-of-cove-point-expansion/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Hundreds rally to oppose Cove Point project | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    governor I ve been doing this for 12 years said Mike Tidwell executive director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network which helped organize Thursday s event and estimated the crowd at about 700 I ve never been at an environmental rally this big A police spokesman could not provide a crowd estimate Thursday Dominion spokesman Chet Wade said it counted fewer than 300 people Opponents contend that exporting natural gas from Cove Point would increase demand for hydraulic fracturing a method of extracting the gas that environmentalists say pollutes groundwater and air but that the industry says is safe Dominion officials said the project should not be seen as a proxy for fracking including whether to allow the method in Maryland Cove Point exports could come from as far afield as the Gulf Coast through the country s network of pipelines said Pamela F Faggert the company s chief environmental officer Nor would stopping the Cove Point project likely reduce fracking elsewhere Faggert said Cove Point exports would account for only a small sliver of the gas that could be produced in the United States Without Cove Point the only question is where the natural gas would go instead That argument didn t fly with rally participants Paul Roberts who runs a winery in Western Maryland and sits on the state commission studying fracking said he s concerned the state will be under far more pressure to allow the technique if natural gas interests can export from Cove Point It would be very terrible if all the work we ve put in is undermined Roberts said Cove Point is an import facility for liquefied natural gas The market for bringing that product into the country has dwindled as fracking fueled a natural gas boom in the U S Expanding Dominion s

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/hundreds-rally-to-oppose-cove-point-project/ (2016-05-02)
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