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Big Energy Campaigns to Open Maryland to Fracking
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2012

Big Energy is stepping up its campaign to open Maryland to fracking, and the Sierra Club is working hard to slow this ill-conceived and dangerous speeding train. Your help is making our fight possible.

Big Energy Campaigns to Open Maryland to Fracking

Join the Maryland Chapter in Supporting  the Clean Energy of the Future

 

Big Energy is stepping up its campaign to open Maryland to fracking, and the Sierra Club is working hard to slow this ill-conceived and dangerous speeding train. Your help is making our fight possible.

With your support, we engaged concerned citizens and other environmental groups across Maryland to have the state halt industry’s headlong rush to begin fracking.

We led the fight that led to a moratorium, allowing time for experts to study the threats posed by this dangerous method of extracting natural gas from underground shale. Documented cases of poisoned wells and strong indications of threatened aquifers and destabilized geologic formations abound: the potential dangers to our people and environment are very, very real.

But here’s some good news: Because of the foresight of Maryland Sierra Club activists decades ago, we find ourselves today able to play a vital, key role in slowing the fracking train.

In the 1970s the Sierra Club reached agreement with what has become Dominion Energy, a natural gas production and storage company, to prevent their Cove Point LNG (liquid natural gas) import facility in Calvert County from expanding into sensitive land near Calvert Cliffs State Park. That agreement ensures that the facility can’t expand, or switch to exports, without our permission. That’s crucial, because Dominion now wants to use Cove Point to export one billion cubic feet daily of fracked natural gas, blasted from Western Maryland and Pennsylvania shale.

Because of that work 40 years ago, updated in a 2005 setlement agreement, we today have the right to prevent Cove Point from exporting that flood of fracked gas, and we’ve done just that. We’re defending our legal rights, and working to organize more support to protect the Western Shore.

It’s going to be a major courtroom fight, and we’ll need our members’ financial support to win it. Can we count on your help? The future lies in conservation, in wind, in solar, in geothermal and other energy sources, not in further destruction of our environment.

Please help us with whatever you can as we battle the billion-dollar Dominion Energy company to protect Maryland. Mail your check to

 

Sierra Club, Maryland Chapter
7338 Baltimore Avenue, #111
College Park, MD 20740

 

Thank you so much for your support!

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