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  • Export opponents tie plant explosion to Md. LNG project | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    Dec 19 2013 They argue that the plant itself would spew excessive air emissions and risk public safety while the natural gas that would feed into it comes with air and water hazards stemming in part from the hydraulic fracturing used to produce it The opposition groups recently got a boost from involvement by the high profile environmental group 350 org whose founder Bill McKibben has been a leader in the fight against federal approval of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline McKibben said the Cove Point project could become a battleground for the Obama administration s support for natural gas exports Now the project s local opponents are drawing attention to the Blue Racer accident and calling on Dominion to address how it reflects safety problems that could crop up at Cove Point Asking for answers In a letter to Dominion CEO Thomas Farrell the groups asked the company to disclose what caused the accident and what safety and engineering lessons should come from it Stressing Dominion s assurances that the Blue Racer plant completed in June of last year was a world class facility with top safety protections the groups questioned how Maryland residents could trust the almost identical assurances of safety and reliability vis a vis the Cove Point plant expansion Jim Norvelle a spokesman for Dominion said the company s own investigation has not yet found the source of the natural gas that leaked during the Sept 21 2013 incident or of the spark that set the resulting airborne plume on fire But he protested that the plant did not blow up as the environmental groups claim Rather he said the natural gas cloud ignited in a fire that was brought under control by local fire crews to prevent further damage The plant s automatic shutdown stopped the flow of gas into the facility he said and firefighters controlled the blaze until residual fuel in the processing lines was exhausted Asked about local residents assertion that something had blown up the Dominion representative said there was no piece of equipment that exploded I only know what the residents said they heard I have no reason to doubt them Norvelle said I m sure that when the vapor cloud ignited it was loud We know the fire was dramatic from video taken by several people and posted on YouTube he added Norvelle said the small residential community of Kent W Va located about half a mile from the plant was never in danger While its residents had a good view they and their homes were not affected by the fire on Sept 21 The fire stayed inside the facility and only damaged a small section of the facility No one inside or outside the facility was injured But he said the West Virginia facility is entirely different from the proposed liquefaction capacity that Dominion wants to add to Cove Point I think that they re trying to make the comparison that these are similar facilities They re

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/export-opponents-tie-plant-explosion-to-md-lng-project/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Cove Point project opponents raise safety concerns | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    clouds of leaked LNG The only LNG incident at a U S facility that resulted in deaths off site happened in 1944 when a fire caused by a storage tank failure in Cleveland killed 128 people and injured at least 200 more according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission The tank wasn t suited for very low temperatures the FERC said a problem fixed in modern facilities Cove Point opponents point to a more recent explosion at an Algerian liquefaction facility which killed 27 workers in 2004 Opponents also note that a natural gas processing plant in West Virginia a different type of facility but newly opened by Dominion in a joint venture suffered an explosion and fire in September They were telling the community this was going to be a world class highly reliable facility and then two months after they turned it on it blew up said Mike Tidwell executive director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network which opposes the project for environmental and safety reasons The blast shook houses but caused no injures Dominion said the damage was limited to a small area on the site Chet G Wade a Dominion spokesman said that demonstrates that in the very very very rare incidence there s an incident the company s safety measures keep problems contained But what sparked the accident has yet to be explained The official report hasn t been finished Wade said The Algerian blast was caused by a leak that allowed gas to flow into the boilers through an air intake That won t happen again Frederick said One of the things that changed worldwide after that was gas detection at all air intakes of fuel burning equipment he said If there were a cloud the gas detection would sense that and shut it down Frederick said Cove Point has duplicates of each safety system just in case If all that failed I m telling you it won t but if all that failed an issue would be contained on the site he said Though chilling gas to a liquid is more complex than reversing the process Frederick said exporting is no more inherently dangerous than importing James Fay a professor emeritus of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology disagreed He said an LNG export facility has the potential to be much more dangerous Propane gas is generally used as a refrigerant in the liquefaction process he said and propane can catch fire This is not a simple little addition Fay said of Cove Point An export terminal is entirely different from an import terminal Cove Point s existing storage tanks including three added by Dominion after it bought the facility in 2002 would be used for the export business That s another point of contention because the tanks use single wall containment without the extra layer of protection built into other models It alarmed neighbor Dale Allison to think the company is using what he called the least safe tank Frederick said

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/cove-point-project-opponents-raise-safety-concerns/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Energy Company Eying Gas Basin that Runs Under Southern Maryland | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    legalized in Maryland It s not just a Western Maryland issue he said Though fracking is not legal in the state the Taylorsville basin goes under the Potomac River which separates Maryland and Virginia If a spill occurred on the Virginia side of the Potomac River or another shared body of water both sides of the water could be impacted said Jim Coleman a research geologist at the U S Geological Survey Coleman said he sees the biggest risks in a fracking operations like the potential ones in Virginia to be surface level accidents that happen with fracking chemicals and flowback water Factors outside of the gas operation like low weight bridges have also caused fracking related accidents in other states he said To me the biggest problems in Pennsylvania have been to do with the road infrastructure he said Coleman worked on a 2012 study by the U S Geological Survey that assessed several basins in the eastern United States including the Taylorsville basin and four others in Maryland that are not a part of the Marcellus Shale region The study estimated that there are 1 064 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Taylorsville basin a small number compared to the Marcellus Shale basin which has an estimated 84 trillion cubic feet of gas Drew Cobbs executive director for the Maryland Petroleum Council said the Taylorsville basin will likely not cause significant economic ripples in the industry because it is so small and the geology of the much larger Marcellus Shale has already proven to be valuable He said a less explored basin like Taylorsville is much riskier and an exploratory drilling can cost 5 to 8 million a well Despite the size difference the oil and gas industry could take note of smaller basins like Taylorsville

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/energy-company-eying-gas-basin-that-runs-under-southern-maryland/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Groups, residents rally in Annapolis against Dominion’s LNG exportation | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    It will knock us off course CCAN a nonprofit group that fights global warming in the Maryland Virginia and Washington D C area has hosted meetings in Calvert County and sponsored a statewide tour late last year rallying supporters against Dominion s project Tidwell described the proposed 3 8 billion LNG exportation project as a radical plan proposed by a radical company Dominion Resources not because it s good for us not because it s in our best interest not because it s good for our economy not because it protects the health of our children but because it will make them money lots of money The director of the Maryland chapter of the Sierra Club Josh Tulkin also spoke at the rally giving those in attendance a brief explanation of the case at hand About 30 years ago he said the Sierra Club was set up as protectors of Cove Point when it reached a settlement with Columbia Gas which proposed to construct an LNG import terminal at that location In 2005 the settlement was updated with Dominion and it specifically lays out all the acceptable uses of the facility and it says that for any use not specified in the contract it needs explicit approval of the Sierra Club The Sierra Club doesn t approve of this project Tulkin said and was followed by shouts of support He said the Sierra Club is confident the appeals court will overturn the previous court decision and declare that exporting LNG isn t a permitted use as per the 2005 agreement Lusby resident Sue Allison who has lived in the Cove Point Woods community near Dominion s Cove Point terminal since 1977 spoke at the rally saying the exportation project would make her community a gas industry sacrifice zone Why should southern Calvert residents have to get stuck on the smoggy end of a pollution trading deal just so our county commissioners will have an easier time balancing our county budget with Dominion tax dollars Allison said Why should our newborn babies Patuxent Panther high school athletes and our vulnerable seniors at Asbury Solomons and Solomons Nursing Center have to put up with even more pollution just so Dominion shareholders can get a bigger dividend Allison said she recently told her 16 year old daughter who attends Patuxent High School they might be moving to get away from the Dominion plant and her daughter said she is not moving anywhere She thinks she belongs in Cove Point with her friends and her neighbors and we think she s right Mark Vidor of Baltimore who held a no fracking sign during the rally said he s been following the project because he feels that it s a major statewide issue with environmental and safety implications It needs to be stopped he said CCAN and other opponents of the project have claimed that if the export terminal is built in Lusby there will be increased pressure for Maryland to permit fracking within state

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/groups-residents-rally-in-annapolis-against-dominions-lng-exportation/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Anti-Fracking Protesters Await General Assembly on Opening Day | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    the end of a scientific study looking at fracking The study is planned to be finalized later this year Whatever the answers are we need the science to dictate this said Delegate Heather Mizeur D Takoma Park who spoke at the rally Many of the protestors and rally speakers voiced concerns with potential gas extraction in the Western Maryland portion of the Marcellus Shale basin and the part of the Taylorsville basin that extends under part of Southern Maryland including Prince George s County Joelle Biele a writer from Ellicott City said she attended the rally because she wants the legislature to understand the impact of fracking on drinking water According to a Duke University study homes around fracking wells in Pennsylvania and New York had high methane concentrations Gina Angiola a retired physician from Olney who spoke at the event said leakages are inevitable and the public does not even know what chemicals are being used for gas extraction We really have a massive health experiment going on she said But some in the natural gas industry said gas extracted from shale is a cleaner option than coal and would be a major job provider for the state Natural gas creates half the carbon output as coal said Jim Norvelle the director of communications at Dominion Energy a unit of Dominion Resources a Virginia based power company Dominion s planned Cove Point facility in Lusby would export gas from the Marcellus Shale basin particularly from Pennsylvania and Ohio to Asian countries like Japan and India This is a game changing environment and the abundant supply of natural gas is bringing manufacturing back to our county Norvelle said It s bring jobs back to our country While protesters handed out pamphlets outside the State House against fracking there were stacks

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  • Fracking protest kicks off Assembly | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    to find more than isolated problems but opponents have suggested the industry has avoided close scrutiny elsewhere In hopes of corralling more legislative support activists have pointed out that the issue is not limited to western Maryland where energy companies have leased land to drill for gas locked in a Marcellus shale formation deep under Garrett and part of Allegany counties Other potentially gas bearing deposits have been identified in central and southern Maryland they said There have been news reports that a Texas energy company has leased 80 000 acres in Virginia over the Taylorsville Basin one such deposit that stretches across the Potomac River as far north as Anne Arundel County We could be bringing fracking to every corner of the state if we don t hit the pause button Mizeur said Industry representatives and supporters warn that if the state delays much longer western Maryland may miss out on the gas drilling boom that has swept neighboring states Drew Cobbs executive director of the Maryland Petroleum Council dismissed activists attempts to portray fracking as a statewide issue He noted that the U S Geological Survey has estimated gas prospects in other parts of the state are miniscule by comparison with the energy locked in the Marcellus shale in the west Activists counter that 10 years ago no one foresaw the rush to get at the Marcellus gas that occurred four and five years ago and no one expected the complaints that drilling elsewhere has provoked We need better science we need more science said Eric Robison a founder of Citizen Shale a western Maryland group concerned about drilling there We need to have a better understanding before we jump into this Activists also rallied in Annapolis against a related project in southern Maryland Dominion a Virginia based

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  • Susan Yin | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    terminal in Cove Point Continued Environmental group again rallies residents to action against Dominion project November 8 2013 By Susan Yin Share SoMdNews By Amanda Scott Maryland is at a crossroads between clean renewable energy and a radical detour according to Chesapeake Climate Action Network On Wednesday night about 50 people attended Continued Should Maryland Allow A Natural Gas Export Facility On The Chesapeake Bay November 1 2013 By Susan Yin Share WAMU 88 5 By Jonathan Wilson Jean Marie Neal leads me down a short mulched path behind her house onto the sand of Cove Point Beach We re looking out onto the Chesapeake Continued Plan for chicken litter energy plant in Maryland lacks certainty includes errors and contradictions and could make greenhouse gas pollution worse October 9 2013 By Susan Yin Share Plan for chicken litter energy plant in Maryland lacks certainty includes errors and contradictions and could make greenhouse gas pollution worse A memo from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network on Continued O Malley urged to fight gas export terminal on Bay September 17 2013 By Susan Yin Share The Baltimore Sun By Tim Wheeler A broad coalition of environmental and other groups urged Gov Martin O Malley Tuesday to oppose development of a natural gas export terminal on the Continued Dominion Virginia Power won t build offshore wind farm on tract it leased unless cost drops September 14 2013 By Susan Yin Share The Washington Post By Robert McCartney Dominion Virginia Power drew a lot of favorable publicity this month by leasing a patch of the Atlantic Ocean off Virginia Beach to construct Continued Pricing Carbon Paying Dividends Aug 2013 August 30 2013 By Susan Yin Share From the Chesapeake Climate Action Network Mike Tidwell Executive Director Compiled and edited by Ted Glick CCAN National Campaign

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  • Expand Maryland’s Commitment to Wind and Solar | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    25 by 2020 Maryland is poised to stimulate a statewide resurgence of manufacturing and construction jobs By increasing the carve out for solar we will see the growth of nearly 2 000 new high paying Maryland solar jobs and new solar companies in Maryland Increased incentives for land based wind power would create another 4 600 jobs in our region Lawmakers intend to couple higher goals with millions in new funding for clean energy workforce training minority and women owned business growth and other potential programs to promote a sustainable economy These investments would help create and sustain jobs where they re needed most and start to unlock the full talent of our state s clean energy entrepreneurs A Safer Climate A 25 clean electricity standard will create incentives for roughly 1 300 megawatts of new clean energy in our region and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 2 7 million metric tons per year That s the carbon equivalent of taking 563 000 passenger vehicles off the road every year which will also deliver improved public health outcomes cleaner air and cleaner water Better Reliability Weather in our region is getting more intense and our electricity grid is increasingly compromised by climate related hazards including more intense storms and heat waves Dispersed and locally generated electricity that doesn t emit greenhouse gasses is a more sustainable solution to our energy needs than our current system of centralized polluting power plants More clean power will make our electricity grid more resilient and keep our lights on even during increasingly extreme weather events Clean Energy is Affordable Energy for Maryland Average solar prices have fallen 63 since 2010 as U S installations have increased by 600 Over half the states including Maryland could have rooftop solar that s as cheap as local electricity prices by 2017 Wind power costs hit record lows in 2014 and have fallen by 58 in the last five years Wind prices are projected to decrease by 20 30 over the next 20 years Wind is already out competing natural gas and other fossil fuels on price in many parts of the country and the U S Energy Information Administration estimates that the price of natural gas will likely increase by 70 110 by 2025 Clean Energy is Achievable in Maryland Maryland already has a requirement of 20 clean power by 2022 Increasing the state s clean electricity standard to 25 by 2025 and beyond is not only critical to protecting our climate our health and our economy it s also very achievable Maryland has only scratched the surface of our clean energy potential The state could meet its current electricity demand by tapping just 10 of available renewable resources Take Action With your help we can convince our lawmakers to protect Maryland s health economy climate and energy security by expanding our commitment to clean electricity Contact Brooke Harper our Maryland Outreach Coordinator at Brooke chesapeakeclimate org News Maryland House Advances Major Bill to Expand Renewable

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/maryland/clean-energy/ (2016-05-02)
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