Written on: June 13, 2014
The proponents of fracking will not quit! In that respect let’s be like them. Below is yet another opportunity to register your opposition to every aspect of fracking. Cove Point is a fracked gas export facility in Maryland and is hugely opposed by the people who live in that area. Allowing it to be built is opening the doors to more such facilities. Please join this public comment and send it on to others.
Despite massive public opposition, the Obama administration just took a major step toward approving one of the worst fracking projects ever proposed: the Cove Point fracked gas export facility in Maryland.
If built, Cove Point will help grow global demand for fracked gas, ushering in a huge expansion in the U.S. of toxic fracking, and dangerous fracking infrastructure.
But instead of taking into account the massive environmental damage of expanded fracking, the federal government’s Environmental Assessment absurdly and falsely concludes that Cove Point will “not result in significant cumulative impacts.”
We have to speak out right now to push back on this dangerous plan. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments on the project until Monday. That gives us just a few days to weigh in and urge the administration not to sign off on fracked gas exports.
Approving Cove Point would amount to an astonishingly incoherent climate policy from the Obama administration — especially in light of President Obama’s commitments to fight climate change, including his rule to, for the first time, limit carbon pollution from power plants.
For starters, a recent report from the Department of Energy found that the carbon impact of exporting fracked gas is likely even higher than if foreign countries burned their own dirty coal.1
That might be a clue Cove Point is a bad idea. But shockingly, the Obama administration’s Environmental Assessment says that the federal government isn’t sure how to precisely measure the climate impacts associated with building Cove Point — then nonsensically recommends building it anyway! That’s like coming upon a poisonous mushroom in a forest, and deciding to eat it because you don’t know exactly how poisonous it is.
President Obama won’t make anything near the progress we need on climate change as long as he’s trying to have it both ways. But it’s clear that the federal government will approve this project unless it faces massive public opposition — so we need to take action now.
ADD YOUR NAME! Tell the Obama administration: Block the Cove Point fracked gas export terminal. Click here to submit a public comment.
Thank you for fighting fracking.
Zack Malitz, Campaign Manager CREDO Action
1. Joe Romm, “Energy Department Bombshell: LNG Has No Climate Benefit For Decades, IF EVER*” ClimateProgress, June 4, 2014 (LNG is Liquefied Natural Gas)