On May 15th, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) released an “Environmental Assessment” of Cove Point, a proposed 3.8 billion liquid natural gas (LNG) export facility in southern Maryland that would put the United States on the path to massively increasing our greenhouse gas emissions. While FERC claimed that the proposed plant would have no “significant” overall impacts on the environment, activists and outside scientists strongly disagree. The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN), a group leading the fight against Cove Point, said that the report “defies basic facts and sweeps serious dangers under the rug” and pointed out that it failed to take into account the full scope of greenhouse gas emissions that would be triggered by the project or the huge incentives to expand fracking that could trigger more planet-heating pollution than all seven of Maryland's coal plants combined.
In its report, FERC even claimed that there is no proven and direct connection between Cove Point and fracking for gas despite the fact that a major Pennsylvania fracking company—Cabot Oil & Gas—has already signed a contract to ship billions of cubic feet of shale gas to Cove Point for export.
FERC is taking public comments until June 16th. It is obvious the agency has listened to the gas industry; now let's demand that it listen to us. Earlier this spring, The Nation partnered with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network to call on President Obama to reverse course on Cove Point. Now, we’re calling on our readers to make their voices heard by sending a comment to FERC to demand that they deny Dominion’s application or, at the very minimum, conduct a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement. Use CCAN’s suggested comment below or edit it to create your own, and we'll make sure that FERC hears from you.
Susan Yin (Chesapeake Climate Action Network)