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.