Target: Cheryl LaFleur, Acting Chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Goal: Stop dangerous liquefied natural gas export proosals and encourage investments in renewable energy
A thousand local residents, activists and allies stood protesting in front of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) headquarters. Their frustration? The commission recently approved a second terminal for exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United States. Despite the terrible impact of fracking on human health and the environment, often justified by the need for energy independence, FERC has approved expansion of LNG operations at Cove Point on the already threatened Chesapeake Bay.
Speaking to the gathered crowd, ecologist Sandra Steingraber exclaimed: “With LNG exports, the only things Americans get are terrifying new health and safety threats, worsening climate instability, and higher heating bills, all so that the gas industry can make bigger profits from fracking us.” At a different point, writes the Star Tribune, the crowd chanted together “Obama and FERC: Let renewables do the work!”
Much has been said of the push for nations to meet their own energy needs. Deep water drilling, fracking, tar sands development and other high-polluting exploration techniques have increased America’s production, but in the process they have polluted the air, land and water and contributed to a host of health concerns. Exporting natural gas produced with fracking adds insult to injury.
Stand with Chesapeake Bay residents and other concerned citizens in demanding that FERC support increased dependence on renewable energy and end its expansion of LNG export operations.
Dear Acting Chairman LaFleur,
Liquefied natural gas companies like Dominion are looking out for shareholders’ interests, so it only makes sense that they would seek foreign markets for their LNG where it can fetch a higher price. But a higher price still is paid by the Americans who live near fracking operations and export terminals. They watch as the land surrounding their homes and businesses is decimated, and their water poisoned, all to feed developing markets overseas.
An estimated thousand protesters recently stood out front of the FERC offices in Washington D.C. and demanded an increased commitment to renewable energy. They spoke out against the expansion of LNG export facilities such as the one Dominion proposes for Cove Point. One such individual was Craig Stevens, himself a sixth-generation landowner. Stevens has seen firsthand the destruction wrought by a fossil fuel industry more concerned with short-term profits than with long-term consequences. The creek behind his Silver Lake Township home in Pennsylvania has been the site of so-called “disaster blowouts.” “Private drilling corporations, private pipeline companies, and now private LNG facilities make all the money,” Stevens noted at the FERC protest, “while people suffer the consequences.”
I call on you to regulate LNG and other fossil fuels with the big picture in mind. Cease issuing permits for LNG export operations, and commit to increasing dependence on renewable energy. Rather than simply promoting the expansion of fossil fuels for the sake of industry profits, keep in mind the impact your decisions have on now and future generations of Americans.
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