TransCanada wants to build a fracked-gas pipeline underneath our treasured Potomac River and C&O Canal. This company has shown its reckless disregard for public safety and the environment, and now it wants to threaten our own drinking water and communities for a pipeline that won't benefit Marylanders in any way.
The pipeline means farmers and landowners will have to fight to protect their property rights. TransCanada’s landmen are using the same scare tactics that have been used for decades: “Sell your rights or we’ll take them for free through eminent domain.” It’s a dirty trick that divides neighbors and hurts communities. The only winners are pipeline owners.
We know that pipelines can leak and that their construction can hurt local and regional water quality. Inherent risks are involved with the construction of pipelines across local rivers and streams. The Eastern Panhandle Expansion project would be no exception. In fact, the pipeline will impact sensitive Karst geology that could transmit pollutants through a connected underground aquifer, degrade pristine streams, and threaten public and private water supplies. Sinkholes and caverns will impact the integrity of the pipeline, and cause subterranean ruptures and possible explosions. Earlier this year, during the drilling for a pipeline, nearly two million gallons of bentonite drilling fluid spilled into an Ohio wetland.
We are at a critical moment in our campaign. The Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) held a public hearing on December 19th on one of the permits needed for the pipeline.
MDE added a second hearing on Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project is Monday, January 22, 6-10pm, Hancock Middle/High School, with snow date of January 25. The written comment period has been extended trough midnight January 25, 2018. We need to show up in a BIG way again. We need hundreds of voices there speaking out and telling them that we don’t want a fracked-gas pipeline running under the Nation’s River — the Potomac — and locking us into dirty fossil fuels for decades to come.
Help us urge Governor Hogan to REJECT this dangerous pipeline.
Join us on January 22nd to stand against the Potomac Pipeline and take action today & tell them to reject the pipeline!
Pack the Public Hearing!
What: Second MDE Public Hearing
Who: You! And other concerned citizens in your community
When: January 22, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Hancock High, 289 W Main St, Hancock, Maryland 21750
RSVP: If you're on Facebook, RSVP there -- and invite all your friends.
Join us and add your voice in opposition to this fracked gas pipeline!
Can’t make it to the hearing? Don’t live in Maryland? You can comment on the permit, too!
Maryland Department of the Environment is accepting comments on the Nontidal Wetlands & Waterways Permit through January 25, 2018 for the Eastern Panhandle Expansion project! Take action today & tell them to reject the pipeline!
P.S. With support from hundreds of our members, we were able to help build a powerful grassroots movement to ban fracking in Maryland. Please consider making a generous donation to help us in this next fight to keep fossil fuel infrastructure from causing irreversible harm to our water supplies!