2 Arrested in Lockdown at Dominion Cove Point LNG Contractor IHI/Kiewit

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Photos by David Hardy.

Two activists with We Are Cove Point locked themselves to the doors of the offices of IHI/Kiewit in Lusby, Maryland this morning. IHI/Kiewit is a joint venture that serves as the engineering, procurement, and construction contractor for the Dominion Cove Point LNG export terminal project. IHI E&C, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based company IHI Corporation, is headquartered in Houston, Texas. Kiewit is based in Omaha, Nebraska.

During the lockdown and extraction, other activists with We Are Cove Point held signs rejecting the project and IHI/Kiewit’s involvement. They attracted the attention of shoppers at stores located in the same strip mall and handed out several leaflets providing information about the project and the campaign against it.

Today’s action comes just a few days after seven people were arresting for blocking the entrance to a construction site in nearby Solomons, Maryland, where Dominion and IHI/Kiewit are building a pier to land equipment for the project too large to bring in by land. To date, twenty-two people have been arrested for protests in Solomons and Lusby. Earlier this year, fourteen people were arrested protesting at three courthouses across the state of Maryland. Their actions demonstrated the breadth of the opposition to Dominion’s terminal and highlighted the broad consequences the project will have if it is completed, included increased hydraulic fracturing for methane gas and the rapid construction of the dangerous infrastructure needed to transport it.

Photo by We Are Cove Point

Statement from Lusby, Maryland Resident Tracey Eno

Lusby, Maryland resident Tracey Eno was among 7 people arrested on December 1, 2014, blockading the Dominion Cove Point LNG export terminal pier site.
Lusby, Maryland resident Tracey Eno, arrested by the Calvert County Sheriff’s Department at the Dominion Cove Point LNG pier construction site in Solomons, Maryland.

This morning, Tracey Eno was arrested while peacefully protesting at the entrance to the pier construction site for the Dominion Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal project. She lives in Lusby, Maryland, less than a mile and a half from the terminal. Another Lusby resident and five allies from New York, North Carolina, California, Virginia, and the District of Columbia were arrested along with her. Here is Tracey’s statement on her decision to risk arrest today in Solomons, Maryland:

Most days when I speak, I represent opponents of Dominion. Today I represent everyone in Lusby: including residents who are both for and against Dominion’s plan. A gas refinery and export terminal is dangerous and cannot operate next to thousands of homes. If there is an emergency, we ALL will be impacted. Many people see only benefits of ‘jobs and taxes’ and don’t understand the hazards: air, water and light pollution. Traffic. 24/7 noise. No viable evacuation route for thousands of people. I am here today to say ‘THIS IS DANGEROUS!’ and none of us are safe until we are ALL safe.

Whenever one person stands up and says “WAIT A MINUTE, THIS IS WRONG,” it helps other people to do the same.

I am standing up in Lusby today, saying “Allowing Dominion to put 410,000 gallons or highly pressurized propane next to 14.6 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas, next to our homes is WRONG!”

I’m risking arrest today to say that we do not want Dominion to build a fracked gas refinery and export terminal next to our neighborhoods!

I’m not afraid to ride in a squad car. Because I’m MORE afraid to breathe the 20.4 tons of air pollutants Dominion wants to pump into Lusby every year.

I’m not afraid to spend time in jail. Because I’m MORE afraid to spend time in my own home, knowing that I am only half a mile from the flash fire zone, with no viable escape.

I am risking arrest to protect all the residents of Calvert County who will be impacted if this plant is built.

I am here to speak for all of those who can’t:

–those who signed the Dominion non-disclosure agreement

–those who work for the county and fear losing their job

–those who work at Pax River and can’t risk their security clearance

–those mothers who can’t leave their children home alone

–those who are afraid to protest or be arrested

–those who work for the county government, sheriff’s office, fire departments and EMS and know the truth

Cove Point is our neighborhood. Cove Point is our lighthouse. “Dominion Cove Point” is not allowed to take our name and then destroy our town. WE ARE COVE POINT!

As of today, twenty people, including three residents of Lusby, have been arrested in the struggle to halt construction of the export terminal. More actions are planned.

Donations to assist with legal expenses can be made at ampcreeks.org.

Opponents of Dominion Cove Point LNG to Hold Two Days of Action in Calvert County

Protests organized by new We Are Cove Point coalition

December 1, 2014 

In a display of continued opposition to the construction of Dominion Resources’ Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal, residents of Calvert County will join with allies from across the state and the country for a series of demonstrations today and tomorrow at sites related to the project. They will have a rally, starting at 6:30 a.m. today, at the project’s pier construction site in Solomons. At 4:00 p.m. they will gather nearby along Maryland Route 2-4 to display banners and lighted signs. At 6:30 a.m. tomorrow they will hold a rally at another offsite construction area located on Route 2-4 at Cove Point Road.

These demonstrations mark the first public actions by the new coalition We Are Cove Point. Since early 2013, the people of southern Maryland and their allies have been calling for answers from Dominion about safety, health impacts, and environmental consequences of the terminal currently under construction. Despite these concerns, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) gave approval to the $3.8 billion project, which would bring nearly a billion cubic feet of gas a day from fracking wells across Appalachia, liquefy it, and ship it to Asia, on September 29.

“This is where I live. There’s no other place I can go. I can’t afford to,” said Lusby resident and retired social worker Mark Giuffrida. “A large number of working poor people live in Lusby. Dominion is trying to exploit that. They view Calvert County as an easy take, and our commissioners seem to agree with them. We’re going to do all we can to prove that wrong.”

 “Not only did they fail to answer crucial questions, but what little information they have given us keeps changing,” said Nancy Ball, who lives in Lusby and works as a veterinarian in Solomons. “The Calvert County commissioners and Dominion made all the decisions outside the public eye. We Are Cove Point will work to bring these issues to light. Corporations need to be aware that when they insist on harming our air, water quality, and safety, they will be opposed.”

We Are Cove Point was inspired by similar groups fighting energy projects across the continent. Over 70 people have been arrested as part of the We Are Seneca Lake campaign to block a plan to store millions of gallons of liquid petroleum gases and natural gas in depleted salt caverns in Reading, New York, on the shore of Seneca Lake. Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion (BROKE) has been fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline in British Columbia, establishing an encampment to block survey work on the project.

Live updates will be made on Twitter at @wercovepoint

SEED Joins We Are Cove Point Coalition

SEED is proud to be a participating organization in the new coalition We Are Cove Point. Inspired by the fights (and wins!) of groups like We Are Seneca Lake and Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, We Are Cove Point is comprised of groups and organizations working together to stop the Cove Point liquefied natural gas export terminal. We’ll bring you news of the coalition’s doings here. In the meantime, check out the website, see the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WeAreCovePoint, and follow along on Twitter at @wercovepoint.