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  • For 85 Maryland Faith Communities, Pope’s Visit Inspires Unified Call for Climate Action in General Assembly | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    and wind power that powers our homes and communities More than three quarters 76 of Maryland Catholics support strengthening Maryland s renewable energy mandate according to polling released this week It s not right that 80 of the energy we use to light our sanctuaries still comes from fossil fuels reads the bulletin insert which congregations will distribute to thousands of Marylanders this weekend Dirty energy is polluting our air and water and making our children and elders sick our use of dirty energy is pouring heat trapping climate pollution into our atmosphere hurting our poorest neighbors around the world Father Ty Hullinger who serves three Catholic parishes in Baltimore City is among over 80 Maryland religious leaders who are bringing Climate in the Pulpits to their congregations We re told in Genesis not to be owners and manipulators of this world but stewards and caretakers said Father Hullinger We re already seeing the impacts of climate change and the families I work with in Baltimore are personally affected by industrial pollution The Holy Father s visit is pushing me and my colleagues to take the call to stewardship more seriously Maryland State Delegate Dereck Davis D 25 Prince George s is participating by speaking on clean energy during the Sunday service at Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church in District Heights Pope Francis has reminded us that addressing climate change is one of the great moral issues of our time said Del Davis It is imperative that Maryland acts on climate so that we can create real broad and sustainable prosperity Maryland congregations will be participating in different ways Many plan to have clergy or guest speakers deliver a sermon on climate and Creation care and to distribute bulletin inserts Some Jewish communities are studying the Pope s encyclical on Yom Kippur and some congregations are incorporating Creation care into religious education classes or holding special workshops Maryland s faith community has been a leading voice for stronger clean energy policies over the past year During the 2015 General Assembly seven Maryland bishops and senior ecumenical leaders joined over 230 faith leaders in calling on state lawmakers to expand Maryland s renewable energy standard Bishop Wolfgang Herz Lane president of the Ecumenical Leaders Group of central Maryland penned an op ed in the Baltimore Sun this July echoing the Pope s encyclical on climate change and stressing that the survival and flourishing of all people depends on our ability to move from temporary and destructive fossil fuels to renewable energy sources Participating congregations include Friday 9 25 in Montgomery County 6 30 10 pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Cedar Lane 9601 Cedar Ln Bethesda Earth Celebration featuring music dance and creation of a mandala Saturday 9 26 in Anne Arundel County 11 am St Philip s Episcopal Church 730 Bestgate Rd Annapolis Rev Kip Banks Sr of Upper Marlboro will give a Creation care workshop Contact Father Randy Callender 410 353 6263 randycallender yahoo com Sunday 9 27 in Prince

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/press-releases/pope-visit-inspires-md-faith-communities-call-for-climate-action/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Anti-fracking activists protest gas plants at Hood | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    that shoots water sand and chemicals at high pressure to clear old wells or crack rock formations to free oil He said the process is substantially more harmful to humans and the environment than Dominion purports A panel of activists including Tidwell Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community vice president Ann Nau Paul Roberts of the Governor s Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission and Dan Andrews of the Sierra Club s Catoctin Group then addressed the Myersville project and other audience questions Dominion spokesperson Dan Donovan said in an email that the two projects are not related and that the natural gas compressor station is part of another separate project of Dominion Transmission Inc and is not moving gas to Cove Point It is needed to move additional supplies of natural gas to two customers Washington Gas Light Frederick Gas and Baltimore Gas Electric Donovan wrote Nau said his response is a deception showing only part of the compressor station s purpose Of course they are related Nau said The amount of capacity needed to supply those two is far less than what a 16 000 horsepower facility supplies Panelists said that gas not sent to Frederick Gas and Baltimore Gas and Electric will be piped to Cove Point It s easier for them to push the project through the approval process if they claim they re separate for now Nau said Donovan also said in the email that any new air emissions will be in compliance with clean air regulations Two natural gas fired highly efficient turbines will be built on site to drive the main refrigerant compressors that are needed to cool the natural gas he wrote These turbines will be similar in size to others that are being built in Maryland and must meet the same environmental regulations

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/anti-fracking-activists-protest-gas-plants-at-hood/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Rally rejects fracking, gas export terminal | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    distributed to participants If approved the Cove Point export facility would provide a strong economic incentive for companies to expand fracking across our region including in Maryland where no drilling has yet occurred In other states the expansion of fracking has caused drinking water contamination air pollution illnesses and even earthquakes according to the informational material If Cove Point happens Western Maryland will be in the crosshairs said Paul Roberts a member of the state s Marcellus Shale advisory commission Maryland has been trying to move away from carbon fuels and the Cove Point project if approved would be a radical change in direction said Leslie Morrison Healthy Communities Campaign director at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network Cove Point is a pollution worst case scenario Morrison said The fossil fuel emissions used to transport the gas and process and export the gas overseas will be as bad if not worse than pollution and carbon emissions caused by coal Morrison said This is not by any reasonable standard clean energy The proposal includes a 3 500 foot sound barrier Methane escaping into the atmosphere is a powerful driver of global warming Morrison said Increasing production of natural gas from fracking across the eastern U S will mean more and expanded pipelines criss crossing the area and potentially leaking Morrison said Every 40 to 100 miles of pipeline to Cove Point would require a compressor station Cove Point would create more global warming than all of Maryland s coal fired power plants combined Morrison said The price of natural gas will be driven up by the exports Morrison said meaning enormous profits for gas companies and Dominion the project developer Ann Nau a Myersville resident is fighting Dominion s plans to build a compressor station the size of a large barn in

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/rally-rejects-fracking-gas-export-terminal/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Should Maryland Allow A Natural Gas Export Facility On The Chesapeake Bay? | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    would see out her back window Keep in mind Dominion in 2012 only had five ships come in for importation so they have a very minor operation there she says That isn t really by choice the fact is importing natural gas doesn t make sense in the U S right now the shale gas boom has made prices here cheap The money is in exporting that gas to places such as India and Japan But Dominion spokesman Dan Donovan says the company s plan isn t simply about profits projects like Cove Point have support as far up as the White House The President of the United States has said that part of his program is increased natural gas drilling in the United States not only so we can have better air here but we can export some of it and reduce the use of coal in other countries Donovan says Opponents of the plan have accused Dominion of hiding details about the project from the public and skirting close examination of its true environmental impact Mike Tidwell of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network says most local residents are only starting to grasp how massive the export facility will be and how much more industrial activity it will bring to Cove Point If you re importing the natural gas from the tankers all you have to do is revaporize the liquid gas coming from the tankers Tidwell says If you re exporting it then you have to take gas piped from Appalachia to Calvert County and you have to liquefy it And that liquefaction process takes a lot of energy Enough energy to necessitate a new 130 megawatt power plant on the site It s a power plant Tidwell points out that would pump no energy into Maryland s

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/should-maryland-allow-a-natural-gas-export-facility-on-the-chesapeake-bay/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Plan for chicken litter energy plant in Maryland lacks certainty, includes errors and contradictions, and could make greenhouse gas pollution worse | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    to agricultural runoff in the Chesapeake Bay Yet the proposed plant will be fueled by 44 wood waste instead of by poultry litter alone Wood waste and poultry litter have drastically different properties Their impacts on the environment and health of the community must be addressed individually The proposal never clarifies the contents of the chicken litter and wood waste the plant intends to burn Chicken litter is a mixture of poultry manure spilled feed feathers and materials used as bedding The nutrient content of the litter may vary tremendously depending on the facility cleaning technique storage methods of litter and other factors 1 Wood waste ranges from whole tree branches pallets untreated used lumber to urban wood waste that has been treated with toxic chemicals The environmental and health impacts of burning different types of wood waste vary significantly GPPS claims the litter and wood waste it will acquire has an average moisture content of 10 percent That is unattainable According to study from the University of Florida in a well managed broiler house litter moisture averages between 25 to 35 percent 2 GPPS makes no distinction if the wood waste is dried or undried Undried wood is typically known as green wood Since drying wood requires additional process wood used for biomass burning is typically undried 3 The industry standard for green wood has a moisture content of 45 percent much higher than the suggested 10 percent 4 The proposal claims a total of 150 000 BDT of wood waste That amount alone is enough to power a 20MW biomass power plant with no chicken litter at all 5 Technology The proposal asserts the plant will include an electrostatic precipitator to collect dust ash and other impurities from the industrial process Then two paragraphs down it states the boiler exhaust will be directed through a traditional fabric filter also known as baghouse to remove ash These are two vastly different types of dust collectors varying widely in design operation effectiveness and costs 6 The selection of dust collector is critical in determining particulate matter emissions This inconsistency of a critical component of the plant system cannot be ignored Location The site of the project written in the proposal Frank M Adams Industrial Park is located 1 5 miles from Federalsburg Elementary School It is our understanding that since submitting their proposal staff members of GPPS have verbally stated they may move the facility to a location in Salisbury Either way air pollutants such as particular matter and saw dust can pose serious public health concerns for the local community Permitting In its proposal GPPS asserts that biomass power production facilities fewer than 50 MW are not considered a power producing utility and are not subject to U S EPA or Maryland State statutory responsibility for licensing power plants This is false According to the Maryland Public Service Commission the definition of a generating station in the Code of Maryland Regulations COMAR 20 79 01 02 B 11 b excludes units with a capacity less than 0 373 MW The Delmarva Bio Energy Plant is 20 MW and thus subject to the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity CPCN process GPPS may apply for an exemption if at least 10 percent of the electricity generated at the generating station each year is consumed on site 7 U S EPA s regulations and standards of renewable fuels are separate from those applied to traditional fossil fuels The permitting programs under the Clean Air Act CAA applies to all biomass power plants with no MW minimum In addition the proposal references EPA s three year deferral of its GHG permitting program for its lack of carbon dioxide emission controls In fact as of July 2013 the U S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit found that EPA failed to justify its 2011 decision 8 The Delmarva Bio Energy Plant will have to obtain Prevention of Significant Deterioration PSD and Title V Operating Permits to ensure all air quality standards are met through the installation of Best Available Control Technology BACT and comprehensive air quality analysis 9 GHG emissions Although the proposal argues that if left unabated the biomass materials would emit substantially higher levels of GHG carbon dioxide methane and nitrous oxide as a result of their biodegradation in landfills or in the forests or from their open burning in agricultural fields or in the forests the carbon neutrality of biogenic carbon sources cannot be assumed CO 2 emission lb MWh at point of combustion 10 Proposed Plant 3 328 Coal Plants 2 249 Natural Gas Plants 1 135 Solid Waste Plants 2 988 EPA s own Science Advisory Board SAB asserted there are numerous factors such as the different time scales inherent in the carbon cycle and the potential long term tradeoffs of storing and burning biogenic feedstock that must be addressed to determine the full carbon cycle of different biomass energy 11 Considering only the point of combustion emissions this plant would emit more carbon dioxide than average fossil fuel and solid waste power plants according to GPPS own estimates According to the proposal Delmarva Bio Energy Plant plans to emit 3 328 lbs of CO2 per MWh with a total of 80 592 MWh guaranteed firm annual energy thus producing 268 210 176 lbs 134 105 tons of CO2 per year That is equivalent to an additional 26 295 typical passenger cars on the road every year 12 It s possible that net carbon emissions would be much lower over a specified lifecycle But those lifecycle emissions need to be established by the applicant and can t simply be assumed Other toxic pollutants emissions The proposal includes two particulate matter 2 5 PM2 5 emissions estimates Under the Project Fuel Plan section PM2 5 is recorded at 7 89 lbs ton Later the summary attachment puts emission at 0 00000789 lbs ton This is an enormous difference and must be addressed by GPPS PM2 5

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/plan-for-chicken-litter-energy-plant-in-maryland-lacks-certainty-includes-errors-and-contradictions-and-could-make-greenhouse-gas-pollution-worse/ (2016-05-02)
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  • O’Malley urged to fight gas export terminal on Bay | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    efforts to combat climate change and expose nearby residents to the risks of a catastrophic explosion either by accident or from a terrorist attack If approved the 3 8 billion gas liquefaction complex proposed by Dominion a Virginia based energy company would be the first on the East Coast to export LNG anywhere in the world Three others have received at least preliminary federal approval on the Gulf Coast Mike Tidwell head of Chesapeake Climate Action Network contended in an interview that the project would undermine the O Malley administration s efforts to curb climate warming greenhouse gas emissions in the state Based on estimates provided by Dominion he said the export complex which would include a gas liquefaction plant and a 130 megawatt gas burning power plant would release 3 3 million tons pounds of carbon dioxide annually That would make it the fourth largest single source of climate altering carbon in the state Tidwell said more than most of the coal burning power plants in Maryland Tidwell also predicted that opening an export terminal on the bay would accelerate natural gas drilling using hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania Ohio and possibly even western Maryland Others at the demonstration Tuesday voiced concerns over pollution from up to 90 LNG tankers expected to visit the terminal a year as well as over disruption from construction of the terminal and related infrastructure elsewhere Some said they worried about risks of an accidental explosion or terrorist attack noting that the terminal is close to a residential community and three miles from the Calvert Cliffs nuclear power plant Dominion has received Department of Energy approval to export LNG to any country through Cove Point It is seeking permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commision and from the state Public Service Commission Dominion spokesman Daniel

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/omalley-urged-to-fight-gas-export-terminal-on-bay/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Dominion Virginia Power won’t build offshore wind farm on tract it leased unless cost drops | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    It looks only at the costs in dollars and cents By that measure admittedly offshore wind is currently about three times as expensive as natural gas But Dominion s bookkeeping doesn t take into account the health and environmental costs of continuing to rely on fossil fuel Asthma for kids acid raid smog sea level rise shoreline retreat in Hampton Roads none of that shows on your Dominion Power bill If it did we d be building offshore and onshore wind turbines as fast as we could said Mike Tidwell director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network I d like to believe Dominion when it insists it is eager to find ways to lower the dollars and cents costs to make offshore wind a reality Doswell said that could include using less steel in the turbines arraying them more efficiently and saving money on ships that would install and maintain a wind farm The company hopes to win a federal grant to build the small test project to get what Doswell called real life experience The pilot would have a capacity to generate 12 megawatts compared with 1 500 to 2 000 megawatts if the whole Virginia wind farm is built The latter would provide enough juice for about 700 000 homes Everyone including Dominion agrees that the Virginia coast is a nearly ideal spot for offshore wind turbines It combines strong winds shallow water and first class ports Unfortunately the company s record doesn t inspire a lot of confidence Both the utility and the state with its historic commitment to coal are laggards in promoting clean energy Dominion has fought measures adopted in other states to use subsidies mandates or other public policies to promote new energy technologies Its voice counts for a lot in Richmond as its political

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/dominion-virginia-power-wont-build-offshore-wind-farm-on-tract-it-leased-unless-cost-drops/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Climate change town hall encourages individual action | Chesapeake Climate Action Network
    encouraged action on an individual level Climate change is the most important issue in our generation said Donald Boesch the president of the Center for Environmental Science at the University of Maryland We have a special responsibility and opportunity to lead Pushing for more clean energy in the state has the potential to create jobs Boesch said We don t need to invent anything all we need is more policy said Mike Tidwell the director of Chesapeake Climate Change Action Network The fossil fuel industry is allowed to treat our atmosphere as a sewer Because of climate change cases of asthma and heart attacks are increasing in the U S said Cindy Parker an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins who is on the board of directors for Physicians for Social Responsibility Health is the only thing that has the potential to engage everyone across the political spectrum on climate change she said Everyone cares about their health their family s health and their neighbor s health Katherine Magruder the executive director of the Maryland Clean Energy Center encouraged people to share books they re reading about environmental topics with people who are doubtful of climate change Datt told residents to

    Original URL path: http://chesapeakeclimate.org/blog/climate-change-town-hall-encourages-individual-action/ (2016-05-02)
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