Dr. Margaret Flowers has been a full time activist since 2009 when she left her job as a physician because she just couldn’t take it anymore. Six years and hundreds of rallies, events, actions and occupations later, she’s ready to take the next step, and occupy the Senate.
For decades, there has been a mostly dormant liquefied natural gas (LNG) import facility in the community of Cove Point on the shore of the Chesapeake Bay in Southern Maryland. Surrounded by forest on conservation land and across the street from residential homes and neighborhoods, the huge white storage tanks are only visible from the opening at the plant’s entrance. It used to be that locals hardly gave the facility a thought. The area is known for its Calvert Cliffs, where 12-million-year-old fossils from the Miocene Era are plentiful, for its historic lighthouse, beaches, fishing and boating, and for the usual activities of community life.
Life is not so tranquil now. For the past 15 months, Cove Pointers have been learning what it means to live in a sacrifice zone, where corporate profits are more important than public safety and where their legitimate concerns are ignored. Dominion Resources is building a power plant, gas refinery and liquefaction train on the dormant site to import or export liquefied gas depending on whether the highest prices are at home or abroad.
This is the first time anywhere in the world that an LNG export terminal would be placed in such a densely-populated residential community.
Every week, Kate Lanier assembles the most important global energy and climate news. This week includes:
Worldwide: They’ve got things so bollixed up that, even though it appears global warming has slowed a bit, that’s on Earth’s surface. Deep down in the oceans, the warming trend continues, most markedly in the southern Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Gulf of Mexico: Plans afoot “to enlarge the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from 56 square miles to 280. Yes!
Israel: Illegal sand mining is “a major source of income for organized crime figures, especially … in Israel’s south.” It also erodes coastal areas, thus threatening local wildlife. Five arrests so far this year; 20 last year.