Target: Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy
Goal: Reconsider the construction of a damaging liquefied natural gas export facility on the East Coast
Dominion Energy seeks to construct the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility on the East Coast. This export facility is more nonrenewable infrastructure for the dirty energy business. The facility contributes to climate change by supporting the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing as well as by emitting hazardous greenhouse gases. Action must be taken now to halt the construction of this multi-billion-dollar plant.
Although not looking to be fully operational until 2017, the Cove Point LNG facility, to be located on Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, will export more than four billion cubic feet of natural gas every day for twenty years. Since the plant requires a massive amount of energy to cool the gas into a liquid for pipeline transport, this export facility will become Maryland’s fourth-largest carbon dioxide polluter. The pollution will come at a heavy cost with a whopping 3.8 billion-dollar price tag for the construction of the Cove Point facility.
The Cove Point facility will threaten the integrity of the tourism and fishing industries in the area as well as the environment and wildlife. To construct this LNG export facility, deforestation will be required, degrading a crucial system of rivers that support a variety of plants and animals. Furthermore, the facility will increase large tanker traffic for gas transportation. The tankers will degrade air quality through emissions and water quality by the dumping of wastewater.
The LNG plant is a support system for the fracking industry. If all the money used to construct this plant were diverted to renewable wind energy, the East Coast’s installed wind capacity could increase by fifty percent while creating thousands of jobs. By signing this petition, you are urging the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider and deny the construction of this LNG export facility.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
The Cove Point liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility is nothing more than a support system for the damaging and controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing. The facility itself will degrade the earth by increasing greenhouse gas emissions. The export facility will become Maryland’s fourth-largest carbon dioxide polluter. The future of energy should look toward renewables instead of building on the nonrenewable industry.
The Cove Point facility requires 3.8 billion dollars for construction. If this money were contributed to wind energy rather than natural gas, the East Coast’s wind capacity could be increased by fifty percent, and thousands of jobs would be created.
I urge you to reconsider the construction and necessity of the Cove Point LNG export facility. The facility threatens the integrity of the Chesapeake Bay as well as contributes to the irreversible effects of climate change.
[Your Name Here]
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