Pipeline Under the Potomac

Governor Larry Hogan has issued a permit for construction of the TransCanada pipeline under the Potomac River in Hancock, Maryland. Opponents note that a leak could risk contamination of the drinking water of as many as 6 million people down river from the crossing site. The pipeline would also go under the historic C & O Canal. The purpose of the gas line is to transport natural gas to the panhandle of West Virginia. No Potomac Pipeline recently held a press conference calling for mandates to protect drinking water from this pipeline.

You should urgently contact members of the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee, which is considering a last-minute bill (HB 1826 - Environment-Water Pollution Control-Water Quality Certification-Potomac Pipeline) that will stop the Potomac Pipeline. You can connect with committee members and communicate your support for the bill through the mgaleg.maryland.gov website.

Of course, the major component of natural gas is methane, which is more efficient at trapping heat and warming the planet than carbon dioxide. Environmentalists point out that it does not make sense to continue investing in fossil fuels when wind and solar sources can provide energy now and do not contribute to global climate change.

Of course, the major component of natural gas is methane, which is more efficient at trapping heat and warming the planet than carbon dioxide. Environmentalists point out that it does not make sense to continue investing in fossil fuels when wind and solar sources can provide energy now and do not contribute to global climate change.

“More and more, people realize that each of these [pipeline] projects deepen our commitment to fossil fuels, locking us in for 40 or 50 more years,” said Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org and author of many books on environmental topics in an August article in The Washington Post on the Pipeline project. We should be decreasing emissions of greenhouse gases with great urgency, so building pipelines to feed increased use of natural gas would seem to be going in the wrong direction.

Another bill (SJ0011 Coastal Area- Protection from Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling) would protect Maryland from offshore drilling for oil and gas. Again, we should call members of the committee to ask for their support for SJ0011 and HB1826. Don’t forget to call Governor Hogan’s office directly (410-974-3901) to let him know how you feel about the pipeline.

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