What You Can Do

UPDATE: 

On Monday, October 15th, Dominion Energy Cove Point LLC announced that they will not pursue construction of “Charles Station”, the controversial natural gas compressor station in Bryans Road. 

We wish to thank everyone involved in the massive effort mustered to halt this pipeline compressor station, especially those who contributed to the Moyaone Task Force to Stop Charles Station, along with the many instrumental people at Mount Vernon, who helped turn the tide.

Throughout this process we have discovered that it really does “take a village”. Those of you who wrote, phoned or emailed lawmakers regarding this issue deserve our deepest gratitude. You amplified our message and caused our representatives to listen to us. This is truly your victory!

On August 10, 2018 the Maryland Department of the Environment announced that it has, for now, ceased reviewing the permit applications, including the air and dewatering permits, for the natural gas compressor facility that Dominion Energy Cove Point LLC (DECP) has proposed to build in Bryans Road. This action was based on DECP’s statement in its recent court filing (see Charles County Board of Appeals for details) that it is exploring alternatives for the proposed compressor station, which could result in the facility being built in a different location than the site identified in the permit applications. We have been assured that we will be notified if these permit processes for this site are restarted.

The letters, emails and phone calls you have directed to your representatives, Governor Hogan, and all levels of the Maryland Department of the Environment have been incredibly important! These letters, in coordination with our visits to local, state and national lawmakers, have put the government of the State of Maryland on notice that we are all extremely concerned about the dangers that this compressor station, should it be built, would pose to our health, safety and environment!

Be aware that all of the people and permit offices listed below are continuing to accept your comments. If you have not written or commented as yet, please do so as soon as possible. 

While the above news is encouraging, the fight may still not be over. Dominion is presumably trying to identify an alternate location – which still demands our interest and attention since the concerns previously expressed by many citizens and advocates continues to remain very relevant.

 

Thank you to everyone who has written letters, attended hearings, and been otherwise supportive to date!
 

Here is what you can do right now in the fight against Dominion Cove Point LNG putting a natural gas pipeline compressor station in Bryans Road, immediately adjacent to Piscataway Park. 

PLEASE PASS THE WORD!

1. The deadline for comments on the dewatering permit has been extended to November 30th.


Continue to send your comments to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and urge them to deny the dewatering permit (Permit to Appropriate and Use Waters of the State, CH2017G006/01) that Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP has applied for in order to build the pipeline compressor station, “Charles Station”. We must urge them to do comprehensive and independent Health, Safety and Environmental Assessments. Dewatering Permit Talking Points and Draft Sample Letters are both attached below; these both include numerous ideas, but your personal letter should include the issues and aspects of the Dewatering Permit that are most important to you.

John Grace
Water Supply Program, MDE
1800 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21230
john.grace@maryland.gov
410-537-3714

2. Write or email Governor Larry Hogan and MDE Secretary Ben Grumbles.

Ask Governor Hogan and Secretary Grumbles to have independent Health, Safety and Environmental assessments performed before any permits are issued. Let them know of your concern for your health and that of your family, along with your safety and environmental concerns. Sample letters to both Governor Hogan and Secretary Grumbles are attached below, which you can download and personalize.

 

Governor Larry Hogan

100 State Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

410-974-3901

http://governor.maryland.gov/mail/default.asp

 

Secretary Ben Grumbles
Department of the Environment
Montgomery Park Business Center
1800 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-537-3084
ben.grumbles@maryland.gov

3. Write the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) about the General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity. 

 

This is also called the discharge or stormwater permit. This permit will allow Dominion Cove Point LNG to discharge the massive amounts of water they would drain from the process of dewatering the proposed site and the surrounding wetlands. Request a public hearing on this permit given the extraordinary impacts on our wetlands, properties, and nearby surface waters. 

 

Andrew Gosden
Deputy Program Manager

Water and Science Administration, Compliance Program
Maryland Department of the Environment
1800 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21230
410-537-4158 Office, 410-804-1832 Mobile

andrew.gosden@maryland.gov

4. Call or email the Chesapeake Fish and Wildlife Service.


Tell them, in your own words, that the Fish and Wildlife Service must begin the "consultation" process under the Endangered Species Act, in order to determine how the Charles Station pipeline compressor station will adversely impact the recovery of the northern-long eared bat.  Even though there is an Endangered Species Act "4(d)" rule for the bat that only protects maternity roost sites or hibernacula, we believe Fish and Wildlife still needs to initiate consultation in order to determine whether the 4(d) rule applies here, which means the agency needs to look for maternity roost sites and hibernacula.

Genevieve LaRouche
Genevieve_LaRouche@fws.gov
410-573-4573
General office: 410-573-4599

Additional Information and Resources

Dewatering Permit Talking Points 8-11-18 (pdf)

Dewatering Permit Sample Letter 1 (word doc)

Dewatering Permit Sample Letter 2 (word doc)

Sample Letter to Governor Hogan (word doc) 

Sample Letter to Secretary Grumbles (word doc)

Representatives’ Contact Info 6-28-18 (pdf)

 

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