EARTH Forum Follow-Up

EARTH Town Hall in Annapolis

If you missed the EARTH Forum, here is a link to a video of the event.

Key Actions

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Elaine Lutz

  1. Focus on Forest Conservation Act to strengthen retention and protection of forests in our own community. Tell your legislators: More Trees, please!
  2. Learn more about more issues here. Reach out to Chesapeake Bay Foundation for support.

MD League of Conservation Voters
Kaerla Raettig

  1. Learn about Forward with 50 Campaign to require 50% renewable energy by 2030 in MD.
  2. Visit Maryland Climate Coalition website for more info and regular mailings/action alerts with your legislator.

Trash Free Maryland
Claire Jordan

  1. Campaign to ban polystyrene foam state wide and visit to learn more
  2. Phase out your personal usage and choose businesses carefully
  3. Voice your concerns to businesses and legislators

Maryland Environmental Health Network
Rebecca Rehr

  1. Be a health advocate for cleaner energy. Learn more in the Energy and Health in Maryland: A Briefing for Advocates
  2. Advocate for reduced lead.

SB 1195/HB 1625 – Environment – Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing – Blood Lead Level 
This bill was introduced late in 2017 session and did not have time to pass through the legislative process. It is imperative that we reduce the definition of an elevated blood lead level to 5 µg/dl to intervene in cases of lead poisoning.

We Are Cove Point
Donny Williams

  1. Need to get regulators and representatives to do their job through grassroots pressure. Learn more about Cove Point here.
  2. Sign petition to ask Hogan to carry out safety study or join Monday rally at noon at Lawyer’s Mall in Annapolis
  3. Want to visit Cove Point and see for yourself? Contact to get a firsthand look at the issues.

Ramon Palencia-Calvo

  1. Latino communities face disproportionately high impact on health due to environmental conditions
  2. Learn more about CHISPA and what latino communities are doing about environmental issues
  3. Advocate for Clean Buses/Healthy Ninos Campaign

Food Justice
Emmalee Aman

  1. Fresh Stop link fresh veggies and fruit on a sliding scale
  2. Black Dirt Farm Collective fresh veggies, fruit, eggs, small grains and proteins
  3. Montgomery County Land Link Program links beginner and experienced farmers with land available for farming in Montgomery County

No Potomac Pipeline
Ruth White

  1. Take Action: Urge Governor Hogan to reject the Potomac Pipeline
  2. For more information:
    CCAN link
    Facebook page No Potomac Pipeline
    Sierra Club link

Clean Energy Campaign
Liz Lee

  1. Forward with 50% Renewable Electricity

Food and Water Watch
Meg Robbins

  1. Here is our activist toolkit that will walk you through how to take action and ask your delegates to support a 100% clean, renewable energy future for Maryland! It will guide you through how to identify your state delegate, contact them, and ask them to support Del. Shane Robinson’s bill for 100% renewable energy by 2035.
  2. Another way to take action is to sign our petitions and let your state representatives know you support 100% renewable energy in Maryland.

Clean Water Action
Emily Ranson

  1. Support clean water in the Monocacy River
  2. Protect Baltimore City from Crude Oil Trains

Climate Xchange
Jessica langerman

  1. Call your state Senator and Representative and urge them to support carbon pricing bills H.1726 and S.1821. Find names and contact information of your legislators is here.
  2. To schedule a local event or present at your Democratic or Republican Town Committee, email us.
  3. Here’s some resources to get started:
    How to Make the Case for Fair Carbon Pricing
    How to Present the Case for State-Level Fair Carbon Pricing in MA

Growth Action Network
Ann Fligsten

  1. Learn about the Growth Development Plan in Anne Arundel County
  2. Attend a listening session in your area and invite your network to go with you
  3. For more info

MD Leads on Climate
Jody Peltason

  1. Sign up and follow us on
  2. Attend candidate forums in your district, ask strong questions on climate, post answers at
  3. Collaborate with grassroots activists across the state by email and conference call to strengthen advocacy in 2018 session

Environmental Law Clinic Maryland Carey School of Law
Seema Kakade

  1. Fighting an environmental issue in your community?  Your job is to raise awareness but a lawyer can tackle the legal process to get resolution.
  2. Contact Seema Kakade to work with her law students on your environmental justice issue.

Questions from EARTH

Directed to Brian Frosh: Will you use legal action to insist Dominion Cove Point follow through CPCN of PSC 9318 that limits the VOC emission rather than granting DCP permission for unmeasured and unlimited VOC’s? A Q.R.A. risk safety study is needed- their permit change request lists 167,000 possibly leaking connectors components their current permit lists 15,000. There has been no safety analysis of all these new untested leaky components. Will you speak up for a Q.R.A.?

Response: Emailed question. No response to date.

Directed to Brian Frosh and Ben Grumbles: Will the MDE provide in the PSC permits request from Dominion Cove Point LNG to modify their CPCN? DCP requests permission to stop/remove all numeric limits on VOC air emission to allow use of old less efficient power generators and to increase measured VOC from 2.5 TPY to 20.1 estimated TPY of air emissions. MD should be sure our own facilities are held to standards on air pollution. A Q.R.A. safety study is needed concerning the change from 15,000 VOC leaking components to over 167,000 leaking components PSC permit 9318.f inner city, minority and communities of color on your issue.

Response: Emailed question. No responses to date.

Directed to Chesapeake Bay Commission, Ann Swanson: What have you done to stop Dominion from building the LNG plant? I have not seen any action by your organization.

Response: The Chesapeake Bay Commission is generally involved at the legislative level – state and federal – and do not get involved in local siting or permitting issues.

Directed to Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Maryland Environmental Health Network, Trash Free Maryland, Maryland League of Conservation Voters: We need broad coalition of groups motivated to work on environmental issues in the state if we want to push change. What are your groups doing to engage and address the issues for inner city, minority and communities of color on your issues?

Response – Trash Free Maryland, Claire Jordan: Engaging folks of color: As an organization that has a specific campaign for Baltimore City, we work very closely with communities of color on the variety of ways that trash pollution disproportionately impacts them. In Baltimore City specifically, we spend a lot of time working with local, on-the-ground organizers to ensure that the policies we are advocating for are coming directly from those community members and to inform our campaign work based on their needs. Environmental justice is a critically important component to our work and we understand that environmental issues are only a compounding factor to the already institutionalized oppression communities of color face every day in this country.

Response – Maryland League of Conservation Voters, Ramon Palenica-Calvo: For us at the Maryland League of Conservation Voters we have a dedicated program to engage Latinos in Maryland. At this program, Chispa Maryland, we follow a two prong approach. On one hand, we provide educational opportunities and information to Latino communities on how the environment affects their quality of life and the health of their families. We achieve this through a combination of educational workshops and hands on activities with Latinos families and leaders in collaboration with Latino serving organizations.

At the same time, we build and increase the environmental leadership of Latinos so they can be a strong voice for their communities and the environment. We accomplish this by providing opportunities to participate in advocacy and by training Latino parents and youth as “Environmental Justice and Action Promotores.” This is a 30 hour training to become a strong advocate for the rights of their community and the environment, and to create awareness about the local environmental issues affecting their communities directly.

Response – Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Elaine Lutz: Community Outreach – Below please find a summary of several inner-city programs we are conducting in Baltimore. This is in addition to our general education programs that take students and teachers from all over the state out on boats, islands, and retreats for hands-on environmental education.

Baltimore Oyster Gardening

  • Baltimore City Public Schools grow oysters through the Great Baltimore Oyster Partnerships
    – Students with learning and physical challenges
    – Title I schools
  • Adult volunteers include Baltimore City residents city-wide; community leaders from underserved communities in Southeast Baltimore (Harris Creek watershed)

Riggs Lot (Green Infrastructure)

  • Green space removed impervious surface from a vacant lot in West Baltimore (Riggs Ave)
  • Community residents manage the lot and CBF provides technical assistance and staff resources
  • Project addresses the challenges of stormwater management, pollinator gardens and food deserts

Trash Free Baltimore

  • Working with Baltimore City Public school student campaign and Trash Free Maryland to raise awareness about the issue of trash and waste management in Baltimore City
  • Volunteers and community residents advocate for City and state-wide regulations for businesses that use unsustainable food packaging

Directed to Chesapeake Bay Foundation: MDE requires Environmental Site Design (ESD) to the maximum extent possible. Many locations sited for ESD displace forest. There are no studies that I am knowledgeable about that examine the resource trade- off between storm water treatment and forest ecosystem functions. Resource agencies are watching forested areas being displaced by storm water facilities. Is there/has there been any research supporting the current policy of displacing forest with storm water treatment projects?

Response: Forests as a storm water treatment – This issue was examined by a Chesapeake Bay Program expert panel in regard to urban street trees, but has not yet received a full examination as far as forests. However, there are several ways that local governments could chose to incentivize forests or otherwise provide “credit” for forest retention. Overall, this important issue is generally not being adequately addressed by state and local governments. Some resources on this issue can be found at the below links and attached:

Directed to Trash Free Maryland: Household waste- Is anything being done by the various counties to have times for household waste more readily available. When wanting to dispose of gasoline, poisons and herbicides – it can be months before local waste management will accept these articles. They should be open at “all times” for these articles. It’s too easy for people to just dump them down their drains.

Response: Household waste: We are currently not working on increasing the times different counties will accept household hazardous waste materials, however we are working on a county-by-county waste study that establishes best practices for municipal trash and recycling collection across the state of Maryland. In these interviews and conversations with each county’s respective agencies, I can ask about what’s being done to increase the time counties accept household hazardous waste materials for the counties where those materials aren’t accepted year round. 

Directed to Donny Williams, We Are Cove Point: All the groups represented on panels are working on clean air/water and improved health. If the new DCP permit is approved the PSC permit on #9318, the water /air/health will be negatively impacted. Have any of the large groups at this meeting sent letters of support for a Q.R.A. for pollution limits for Cove Point LNG Terminal?

Response: We Are Cove Point sent a letter to Hogan last year that was co-signed by a bunch of organizations, from local impacted groups to national nonprofits. Please see below for the list. Maryland Environmental Health Network was the only group from today’s program that signed this letter.

I’m not aware that any organization — in its institutional capacity — has sent a letter in support of a QRA that’s not one of these groups.

  • We Are Cove Point
  • Calvert Citizens for a Healthy Community
  • 350 Eugene
  • 350 Loudoun County
  • 350 Montgomery County
  • Allegheny Defense Project
  • AMP Creeks Council
  • Athens County Fracking Action Network
  • Augusta County Alliance
  • Berks Gas Truth
  • Beyond Extreme Energy
  • Breathe Easy Susquehanna County
  • Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
  • Catskill Mountainkeeper
  • Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians
  • Center for Sustainable Economy
  • Chesapeake Climate Action Network
  • Chesapeake Citizens Chesapeake Earth First!
  • Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility
  • Citizen Shale
  • Climate First Coalition Against the Rockaway Pipeline
  • Collective X
  • Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
  • DC Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation
  • DC Stampede
  • Delaware Riverkeeper Network
  • Douglas County Global Warming Coalition
  • Earthworks EDGE: Encouraging Development of a Green Economy
  • The FANG Collective
  • Food and Water Watch
  • Free Nelson Friends of Buckingham County
  • Friends of Nelson Gas
  • Free Seneca
  • Grassroots Environmental Education
  • Green America
  • Greenpeace USA
  • Gulf Restoration Network
  • Harford County Climate Action
  • Heartwood
  • Howard County Climate Change
  • Illinois People’s Action
  • Interfaith Power and Light (DC,MD,NoVA)
  • Juniata Watershed People Before Pipelines
  • Lancaster Against Pipelines
  • Lebanon Pipeline Awareness
  • Lehigh Valley Gas Truth
  • Marcellus Shale Earth First!
  • Maryland Environmental Health Network
  • Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy
  • Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community
  • New York Climate Action Group
  • New Yorkers Against Fracking
  • No Atlantic Coast Pipeline Oil Change International
  • Patuxent Riverkeeper
  • Popular Resistance
  • Potomac Riverkeeper Network
  • Protecting Our Waters
  • Public Citizen Rainforest Action Network
  • Resist AIM
  • Rising Tide North America
  • Rogue Climate
  • Safe Energy Rights Group
  • Sane Energy Project
  • Savage Mountain Earth First!
  • Save RGV From LNG SEED: Stopping Extraction and Exports Destruction
  • Shalefield Organizing Committee
  • Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter
  • Sierra Club Maryland Chapter
  • Sierra Club Oregon Chapter
  • Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Sierra Club Virginia Chapter
  • Stop the Algonquin Pipeline Expansion
  • Tidewater Earth First!
  • Waterkeepers Chesapeake
  • We Are Seneca Lake
  • Wild Virginia

We were not able to track down any particular group working on the proposed Maglev Train between Baltimore and DC. This is a gap that needs to be filled. How can we publicize the hearings about the proposed Maglev Tram Paths between DC and Baltimore? How can we fight it?

Anne Arundel County information on Maglev Train

Anne Arundel School Board Opposes Maglev Train

EARTH Forum Co-Sponsors:
WISE, Severna Park
Take Action AAC
Anne Arundel Huddle Network
Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis
Indivisible Annapolis
Sierra Club (AAC Group)