After years of community resistance and regulatory delays, Dominion Energy exported their first shipment of fracked gas from the Cove Point Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal in Maryland this March. This marked not only the first fracked gas export from the East Coast, but a surge of new fracking and an expanding network of new fossil fuel infrastructure in the mid-Atlantic. I grew up just an hour and a half from Cove Point, MD and spent nearly every summer of my childhood exploring the bay it impacted. In college, I joined my school’s event programming team to bring big speakers, like Josh Fox, to speak about the impacts of fracking as well as experts to talk about climate change and the Chesapeake Bay’s precious ecosystem and the communities and economies it supports. But, Dominion Energy’s grip on Maryland’s politics was just too strong at that time to stop the project outright. When I moved to southern Oregon in 2015, I had no idea that this community was also threatened by a nearly identical LNG export project.read moreOregon's Governor Kate Brown recently told CSPAN that the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and the Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline proposed in southern Oregon was just a “federal decision.” However, Governor Brown and the state of Oregon do have the authority to stop this project for good, despite what the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) may do under Trump. In fact, Oregon has denied an LNG terminal once before, despite FERC granting an approval.read more
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