Activists say FERC has not properly assessed the harmful effects that these gas and fracking projects have on environmental and public health, and that the burden of proof falls too often on blighted communities, rather than those who propose the project. They demanded that the commission withdraw its permits for fracked-gas export facilities and gas expansion plans and make the “rights of human beings and all life on Earth” its top priority.
As activists held the blockade in front of FERC, other simultaneous protests took place at a construction site in Solomons Island, Maryland that is crucial to the Cove Point project.
Kelly Canavan, president of the AMP Creeks Council, chained herself to a piece of equipment at the site in protest of federal approval for energy company Dominion to expand a natural gas export terminal in Cove Point.
“Now that FERC is poised to preempt any further victories we might be awarded in Calvert County, and Maryland officials at every level continue to support Dominion instead of residents, we are forced to take this stand,” Canavan told the Bay Net. “This is a peaceful protest to call attention to the carelessness and injustice that have characterized the course of this project from the beginning.”
Seven people were arrested at the Cove Point protests. Organizers say an additional 15 were arrested at an action in Seneca Lake where protesters stood in front of Crestwood’s gates.
Protesters are using the hashtag #FERC to update their action on Twitter.
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