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Cove Point Hearing
October 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Monday, October 2, 2017
6 – 9 p.m.
Patuxent High School
12485 Southern Connector Blvd.
Lusby, MD 20657
What is the issue? (Short, short version)
Dominion is asking for two things:
1) to use additional generators to help supply power to its fracked gas export terminal and liquefaction facility in Cove Point; and
2) to throw out numeric monitoring of its emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Dominion is currently restricted by its Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) permit to emit no more than 2.53 tons of VOCs per year. In one fell swoop, Dominion is saying it plans to emit seven times as much VOCs, and the company is asking to no longer be restricted to stay within any numeric limit for VOC emissions. Of course, this increased amount of VOCs would enter into the air around the facility and the lungs of every living thing near it.
What can I do about this?
Please come to this hearing! It’d be great if you would sign up to speak once you get there. All testimony helps, even if it’s as simple as saying “I urge you to reject Dominion’s application.” If you plan to speak, consider showing up early, as the speaker’s sign-up list is bound to fill up fast. But even if you don’t want to speak, please still come.
I’ll be at the hearing, but I don’t know about speaking.
That’s totally understandable. Most of us aren’t comfortable doing public speaking. Also, anything you say helps — even if it’s as simple as, “I urge you to reject Dominion’s application.”
However, what carries the most weight is when you speak from what’s inside you, and that’s often easier to do, too! If you’re able to follow the nuances of this requested permit change or if you have a technical background, please highlight the specific problematic aspects that you see from Dominion’s application. If you simply live in the area and don’t want you or your family to breathe dirtier air — or you don’t live in the area and you don’t want to see others breathe dirtier air — then just stating that, talking about how this could impact you or your family or others you care about, mentioning any health problems you might already have, and saying how changing this permit in a way that allows Dominion to pump more VOCs into this air has a real chance of making things worse, that really sits with someone when they hear it.
The bottom line is, no matter how this permit change affects you, stating your truth will be the most powerful thing you can say. And each additional comment puts more pressure on the PSC to reject this application.
Of course, if you still want to come and not speak, by all means, feel encouraged to do so! Simply having your presence there really helps support others who choose to speak!
I can’t come to this hearing. How can I submit comments?
Written comments can be received until 5 p.m. on October 16. Send written comments to:
David J. Collins, Executive Secretary
Maryland Public Service Commission
6 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-6806
If you send a written comment, please be sure to include the related case number with all comments (9318, in this case). The commission does not respond to written comments. However, a copy of the written comments are recorded and maintained in the correspondence file.
CLICK HERE to use our easy-to-use tool for submitting a public comment.
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