Protestors Rally Against Proposed Maryland Fracked Gas Processing Facility
NO ADVERTISING, GOVERNMENT OR CORPORATE FUNDING
DONATE TODAY

Protestors Rally Against Proposed Maryland Fracked Gas Processing Facility


Activists rally against Dominion Resources's proposed facility to process and ship natural gas across the globe -   October 3, 14
Members don't see ads. If you are a member, and you're seeing this appeal, click here


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter


Because news is only as honest as the intentions of those who report it. - Joel L.
Log in and tell us why you support TRNN

Bio

Jaisal Noor is a producer for The Real News Network. His stories have appeared on Democracy Now!, Free Speech Radio News and other independent news outlets. Jaisal was raised in the Baltimore-area, and has a degree in history from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Transcript

Protestors Rally Against Proposed Maryland Fracked Gas Processing 
FacilityJAISAL NOOR, TRNN PRODUCER: I'm here at Baltimore City Hall, just a stone's throw away from the Real News studio. There's a protest underway behind me against a proposed natural gas processing facility in Cove Point, Maryland.

There is a fracking boom happening across the United States, and the U.S. is now one of the leading producers of natural gas in the entire world.

We reached out to the company behind the plan, Dominion Resources. They say the plan will be safe, bring badly needed money and jobs into the community, and is the cleanest way to extract natural gas from the environment.

PAM FAGGERT, CHIEF ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICER, DOMINION ENERGY: There's really been an extensive amount of work to ensure that this facility will be protective of the environment after it's built. The facility itself is designed to minimize the emissions and the environmental impact. In addition, we'll be using processed gas.

Processed gas is gas that's left over from the process of liquifying the natural gas. And what we will do is utilize this gas in lieu of natural gas as a fuel when we can to minimize having to use new natural gas. And that reduces emissions at our facility compared to those emissions at other LNG terminals.

NOOR: We're here to talk to the protesters and get their response to what Dominion Resources said about this facility.

OLUMAYOKUN ODUKALE, CIVIL ENGINEERING STUDENT, MORGAN STATE U.: So Olumayokun Odukale. I'm currently a civil engineering student at Morgan State University.

Why it's important for me to be here is, as an environmental engineer, one thing we have to understand is that the actions that we take have effects on the environment. And the effects on the environment also affect us as human beings as well. So we have to understand the effect of every single action that we're taking, especially in regards to the environment. So such things like fracking, for example, though, while it's economical and there's benefits to it, though, at the same time, it's polluting our water, it's polluting our air. That's definitely something that we have to take the costs into consideration.

MIKE TIDWELL, DIRECTOR, CHESAPEAKE CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK: Mike Tidwell, executive director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

It's dirty energy. If you factor in all the piping, the fracking, the putting it on tankers to Asia, the liquifaction, liquifying, if you take all that energy intensity together and calculate it, it's worse than coal in terms of impacts on climate change.

~~~

HEATHER MIZEUR, MARYLAND STATE DELEGATE, DISTRICT 20: My name is Delegate Heather Mizeur. I'm a member of the Maryland General Assembly from Montgomery County, and I'm a candidate, Democratic candidate for governor of Maryland.

There is no way that we start moving forward on this and not ratchet up the pressure to do fracking in Maryland. And even if we were to say no in Maryland, we would become an international sacrifice zone for having all of the infrastructure necessary to travel that gas from where it is being fracked to the extraction facility. This is a bad deal for Maryland.

NOOR: And so, you know, supporters also point to the fact this is going to bring in tens of millions of dollars of revenue for Calvert County every year, and it's going to bring good-paying union, local union jobs to the--which is needed all across Maryland, all across the country.

MIZEUR: Of course it is. My father was a United Auto worker for 32 years. I have a very strong connection to the labor movement. I believe in project labor agreements and putting people to work rebuilding our schools and working on a range of projects, building our infrastructure related to offshore wind.

If Dominion were to invest the same $3.8 billion in our offshore wind projects, we would create as many or more jobs than what is being proposed.

~~~

NOOR: Where does the political fight stand right now, and what are the chances that this will be stopped?

TIDWELL: Well, no one thought the tar sands pipeline would be stopped, much less delayed by three years. It seemed to be a done deal. The White House was behind it. And it's been delayed and may never be built.

We think the same thing's going to happen with Cove Point. We're moving the dial. The public's responding, getting involved. People get this issue and they're mobilizing. And I think the politicians are going to follow.

~~~

NOOR: The debate in Maryland continues to rage whether to build this natural gas processing and shipping facility in Cove Point, Maryland.

We'll continue to follow this story.

Reporting from Baltimore, this is Jaisal Noor for The Real News.

End

DISCLAIMER: Please note that transcripts for The Real News Network are typed from a recording of the program. TRNN cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


Comments

Our automatic spam filter blocks comments with multiple links and multiple users using the same IP address. Please make thoughtful comments with minimal links using only one user name. If you think your comment has been mistakenly removed please email us at contact@therealnews.com

Comments


Latest Stories


As Trial Approaches, What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray's Killing?
Who "Recovered" in Post-Katrina New Orleans? (1/2)
Members of Syriza's Central Committee Defecting to Popular Unity
Bullock Trial Begins Friday
Why is Sanders Silent on U.S. Foreign Policy?
Reaganism and Thatcherism were Intellectually Dishonest - Heiner Flassbeck on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
First Canadian Officer Convicted for Mass Arrests at 2010 G-20 Toronto Summit
What Would Happen to the Eurozone if Greece Leaves?
Katrina Victims Were Forced into Exile
National Day of Action Pushes Democratic Senators to Support Iran Deal
International Law and "The Responsibility to Protect" - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (4/4)
Days of Revolt: State Violence and Counter Violence
The Sky Is Not Falling? China's Stock Market Impact
Why is Saudi Arabia Now Supporting the Iran Deal?
The PLO's "Game of Musical Chairs"
GRITtv with Laura Flanders: New Orleans and the Economics of Recovery
Chelsea Manning, the Nuremberg Charter and Refusing to Collaborate with War Crimes - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (3/4)
A Fire In My Soul
Smoke and Mirrors of Corporate Buybacks Behind the Market Crash
Computer Voting and Stealing Democracy
Questioning the Underlying Structures of Property and Power is "Off the Table" - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (2/4)
AIPAC Spending Millions to Defeat Iran Deal, But Efforts Are Falling Flat
Sanders: Great White Hope or Hype?
Moving Towards a Police State - Michael Ratner on Reality Asserts Itself (7/7)
Decades of Relentless Austerity in Canada Could Defeat the Conservatives
Chicago Parents Launch Hunger-Strike for Community Input in School's Future
Athlete Turned Artist & Movement for Black Lives Conference
Marx and Tolstoy Helped Me See the Limits of Liberalism - Vijay Prashad on Reality Asserts Itself (1/4)
Greek Left Platform Creates New Popular Unity Party
Macedonian Police Clash With Refugees at Greek Border

RealNewsNetwork.com, Real News Network, Real News, Real News For Real People, IWT are trademarks and service marks of IWT.TV inc. "The Real News" is the flagship show of IWT and Real News Network.

All original content on this site is copyright of The Real News Network. Click here for more

Problems with this site? Please let us know

Linux VPS Hosting by Star Dot Hosting