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Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission: No Cove Point Fracked Gas Export Plant!

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Dominion Resources, an electric power and energy company, is seeking to construct a massive facility at Cove Point, MD to liquefy and export fracked natural gas. The facility, on the imperiled Chesapeake Bay, would export gas to Asia. Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is the wrong national policy and will significantly increase global warming.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released a draft “Environmental Assessment” of the $3.8 billion fracked gas export proposal that Dominion Resources has put forward. This weak assessment fails to capture the range of dangers inherent in the project.

FERC should serve the public interest -- not the interests of the gas industry.  FERC’s Environmental Assessment for Cove Point is far less thorough than a full Environmental Impact Statement would be, and concludes that the LNG plant won’t “significantly” affect the “quality of the human environment.” Ask the people who live nearby, subject to a range of impacts from pollution to possible explosions, if they agree.

Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas uses tremendous resources that we should instead deploy for clean energy development. Approval of the Cove Point facility will only worsen the climate crisis and encourage fracking throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

We need Americans in every state to contact FERC to oppose the Cove Point LNG plant! If Cove Point is built, it could open the door for more plants to be built nationwide. Exporting LNG is a model that will not serve our nation or the planet. FERC is now accepting public comments – please send your message today urging FERC to reject Dominion’s Cove Point application.

Submit your public comment today – Deadline is June 13!



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