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BEYONDD

SENTINEL

COMMUNITIES FIGHTING DOMINION ON ALL FRONTS
ALTERNATIVES ON THE HORIZON

MAY 2015

Welcome to the second issue of the Beyond Dominion Sentinel! This newsletter summarizes
the struggles of communities fighting Dominion Resources’ fracked gas projects–whether
pipelines, compressor stations, liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminals or any other
dirty energy projects of this $50 billion behemoth that is running roughshod over all of us in
one way or another. The Sentinel’s goal is to share the reality of what we’re up against, share
information that other groups may find useful and build a stronger grassroots opposition.
THE SENTINEL is a project of Beyond
Extreme Energy (BXE), a group
that came together in 2014 and
carried out a week of direct action
at FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in Washington, D.C., to highlight that agency’s rubber-stamping of just about
every fracked gas proposal that
comes before it. We’re currently
organizing a much bigger action
for May 21-29 in order to force
FERC to take community concerns as seriously as it takes corporate conniving. We hope many
of you will join us at the FERCus.
For more information, including
our proposals for reforming
FERC, visit www.beyondextreme
energy.org.
This second issue will highlight
three new groups working to protect their communities from Dominion and provide updates on the
groups included in our first issue.
Get in touch with us at info@
beyondextremeenergy.org.

courtesy virginia sierra club

350 Loudoun

DOMINION’S LEIDY SOUTH PROJECT proposes a compressor station expansion and the addition of a metering
station in Loudoun, Virginia. It
would send gas through the towns
of Leesburg and Loudoun in Virginia, and Myersville in Maryland,
on its way to Dominion’s Cove
Point project. Natalie Pien with

350 Loudoun said her town already has two compressor stations
and one is scheduled for expansion. But she said it’s not just
about the local impacts.
“We take a bigger view, that it
will facilitate more fracking in
Pennsylvania and will devastate the
Cove Point community and isn't
leading us in the right direction.
It's going to exacerbate climate
change and raise the price of gas
domestically. We feel the only ones
to benefit are Dominion shareholders. Instead of spending
money to build new fossil fuel infrastructure, that money would be
better spent on developing and in-

stalling clean, renewable-energy
power plants. Dominion has the
lease for off-shore wind that
should be more aggressively developed. They have only committed
to constructing a test turbine.”
Dominion held an open house
March 30 in Leesburg.
“The most egregious thing,”
Pien said, “is that a county supervisor attended the open house and
praised the use of natural gas in the
energy industry. He said, ‘It doesn’t
get any cleaner than that.’ We’re
writing letters to the editor and
tabling at a big Earth Day event
and creating our own event about
fracked gas and climate change.

QUESTIONS POSED BY 350 LOUDOUN
TO DOMINION AT THEIR OPEN HOUSE
MEETING:
WHY SHOULD the U.S. export natural gas
when we are seeking to be energy independent?
WHAT IMPACT will exporting natural gas have
on domestic natural gas prices and supplies?
WHAT PERCENTAGE of natural gas passing
through the Leesburg compressor station will be
destined for export at the Cove Point LNG export terminal when the terminal is constructed
and operating at 100 percent capacity?
WILL THIS compressor facility enable increased fracking in Pennsylvania and the
George Washington National Forest?
EXACTLY HOW MUCH methane will be released into the air annually by this facility during the routine blow-down procedures and
leaks?
HOW MANY routine blow-downs are permitted
annually by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality?
WHY IS methane dangerous to people, the environment and climate change?
AT WHAT concentration does methane in downwind air become explosive?
IS THERE downwind monitoring of methane
concentration? If so, who monitors and to
whom is the data reported?
WHO MONITORS emissions and spills from the
compressor facility—a state or federal agency,
or does Dominion self-report?
HOW LOUD are the compressors? Do they run
at night?
THERE WAS a fire at the existing compressor
station in the recent past that was unreported.
How will this be prevented in the future?
THERE WAS a chemical spill at the existing
compressor station. Do chemical spills threaten
our groundwater, which provides drinking water
to many homes in the area?
PROLONGED LOW-LEVEL exposure to methane
is reported by other communities to cause fatigue, pneumonia, loss of appetite, headaches,
irritability, poor memory and dizziness. What is
the safe level of exposure to methane since
methane will be released in the air by routine
blow-downs and leakage? When safe levels are
exceeded, how will Dominion respond?
COMPRESSOR STATIONS have lowered the
property values of the surrounding residential
communities in other regions. Has this been
studied for the Leesburg impacted community?
What average reduction in home value should
be anticipated?
IN DOMINION’S PLANS, how much money will
be spent on developing fossil fuel infrastructure, and how much will be spent on renewable
resource infrastructure?

DOMINION

Some of us are going to participate
in the BXE events in late May.”
Dominion plans to file with
FERC in May for approval of the
Leidy South project.
For local press coverage, go to
http://bit.ly/1H0h8M9
Contact info:
350Loudoun.org
On Facebook at 350 Loudon
350Loudoun@gmail.com

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Not on Our Fault Line

in all
kinds of fracked gas infrastructure,
but it also owns four nuclear
power plants around the country,
including a shut-down one in Wisconsin where the company recently had to pay a fine for a security violation. A new alliance, Not
on Our Fault Line, has formed to
oppose Dominion Virginia Power’s
plans for a new nuclear reactor in
Louisa County, Virginia, adjacent
to the site of the North Anna Reactors 1 & 2.
“We are calling on Dominion
Virginia Power to abandon its
plans for the North Anna 3 reactor
because this project is too costly
and too risky,” said Jerry Rosenthal, a Louisa County resident and
member of the People’s Alliance
for Clean Energy.
The price tag for the proposed
North Anna 3 nuclear reactor
would be “far north of $10 billion,” according to Daniel Weekley,
Vice President of Corporate Affairs
for Dominion.
“The North Anna 3 nuclear reactor is too costly because that
$10+ billion price tag for a new
nuclear reactor could raise our
utility bills ‘far north’ of a 40 percent increase,” said Glen Besa, Virginia Director of the Sierra Club.
“Dominion needs to be investing
in efficiency, solar and wind energy, all of which are far cheaper
than nuclear power.”
“A new nuclear reactor at North
Anna is also too risky,” said Erica
Gray, Nuclear Issues Chair for the
Virginia Sierra Club. “This reactor
would be built on an existing fault
line and just 11 miles from the epicenter of a 2011 earthquake that
exceeded the design standards of
DOMINION INVESTS HEAVILY

the two existing reactors and
cracked the Washington Monument some 80 miles away. Additionally, it is a new reactor design
that has never been built and operated commercially.”
Please sign this citizens’ petition
to Dominion opposing a new reactor at North Anna:
https://secure.sierraclub.org/site/
Advocacy?cmd=display&page=
UserAction&id=15394
Contact info:
On Facebook at
Not on Our Fault Line ~
Stop North Anna 3 Reactor
www.vasierraclub.org
Main contact person:
Glen Besa,
Director Virginia Chapter
glen.besa@sierraclub.org
422 East Franklin Street,
Suite 302
Richmond, VA 23219
(804) 225-9113

Down to the Wire

of nonprofits has
launched a campaign to safeguard
the James River from what it believes is an unwarranted intrusion
by Dominion Virginia Power in the
form of a power line proposed to
cross the river near Carter’s Grove.
Dominion says it needs to build
the line to ensure the Peninsula has
enough electricity flowing to it, because of the looming retirement of
the Yorktown Power Station due to
federal environmental regulations.
Without the line, the utility says the
Peninsula could experience blackA COALITION

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illustrations by Leslie Garcia

outs up to 80 days per year.
The Down to the Wire campaign seeks to convince the public
the utility should try to either bury
the line beneath the river, find an
alternative route or explore alternative energy options that would
not mar views at sites along the
river, including Historic Jamestowne, the Colonial Parkway,
Carter’s Grove and the Captain
John Smith Chesapeake National
Historic Trail, which is a route for
boaters that weaves through the
rivers of the Chesapeake Bay.
The coalition includes the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Chesapeake Conservancy,
the Garden Club of Virginia, the
National Parks Conservation Association, Preservation Virginia and
Scenic Virginia.
Read more at http://bit.ly/1CwVVCO
Contact info:
National Trust for
Historic Preservation
The Watergate Office Building
2600 Virginia Avenue,
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 588-6000
(800) 944-6847
info@savingplaces.org

Calvert Citizens
for a Healthy
Community

Cove Point
project found out with less than
two days’ notice that the company
was planning a groundbreaking
ceremony March 25. Calvert County
OPPONENTS OF DOMINION’S

Commissioners announced they ence of dump trucks and mud on
would be attending the event, the roads, the deteriorating condiwhich was closed to the public “due tion of Cove Point Road, increased
to security concerns.” Next, there litter and road closures that all have
was less than two hours’ notice that a negative impact on residents’
a certain guest would attend— quality of life.
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.
Also present were Dominion CEO Friends of Nelson
Tom Farrell and head honchos LOCAL AND STATE officials have sent
from the Indian and Japanese firms letters to FERC questioning its
that have signed 20-year contracts policies and asking for additional
for the liquefied natural gas to be time and opportunity to weigh in
exported to their
on the proposed
Are you warm enough, Dominion?
countries. With
Atlantic Coast
We’ve got over 20,000 of these
no time to orgaPipeline. Both
to burn in Lusby alone!
nize a protest,
our U.S. Senators,
CCHC
leader
Mark Warner and
Tracey Eno foTim Kaine, sent
cused her comletters to FERC
ments at the
chairwoman
March 24 Board of
Cheryl LaFleur
County Commisquestioning the
sioners meeting
policies and proon what she called
cedures by which
Dominion’s
the agency re“Townbreaking.”
views and reShe decried the
ceives comments
secrecy surroundfrom residents
ing the event and
who would be afsaid, “I’ve heard
fected by proseveral commisposed natural gas
sioners say during
pipelines.
campaign season
LaFleur rethat they would
sponded that all
Governor Larry Hogan takes a leading
‘hold Dominion’s
comments,
role in the BOCC’s promise of putting
feet to the fire.’
whether delivDominion’s feet to the fire.
So, I’m coming to
ered in person or
you today with the problems faced in writing, are considered equally
by those of us living near Dominion in the decision-making process,
and asking for your help.” She said and that they should contact her
residents need help to address the again with any specific concerns
issues of noise, the ubiquitous pres- (like the way many residents were
Are you warm enough, Dom?
We’ve got over 20,000 of these
to burn in Lusby alone!

Gov Larry Hogan leads in the BOCC’s promise
of putting Dominion’s feet to the fire.

All Pain, No Gain

campaign called All
Pain, No Gain launched in late
March with roots in Nelson and
Augusta counties with the goal of
convincing Dominion Resources to
use existing rights of way as route
alternatives for the Atlantic Coast
Pipeline.
Tom Harvey, one of the campaign organizers, said the group is
A NEW MEDIA

not against infrastructure, but feels
there already is enough in Virginia.
“There are already 3,000 miles of
pipeline in Virginia,” he said.
“That’s a lot of miles, do we really
need more?”
Read more at http://bit.ly/1P94TQN

Myersville Citizens
for a Rural
Community

Citizens for a
Rural Community protested against
Dominion and its Leidy South compressor station expansion planned
for their town when Dominion held
an open house on March 31.
“Our message is this: Dominion
lies,” said Ann Nau, a town resident and vice president of the citizens group. As part of her protest,
Nau sported a long, Pinocchiostyle nose crafted from empty toilet
paper rolls to illustrate her opposition to the company. “They told us
they want to be good neighbors,
and then they sued our town,” said
MEMBERS OF MYERSVILLE

MARCH FOR
CALVERT COUNTY
TO BE DOMINION-FREE!

"Join the flock for a six-mile walk!”
Saturday May 30, 2015
9am-3pm

9:00am Rally at Solomons Boardwalk
9:30am Walk begins: From Solomons,
past “Area B” barge pier—up Route 4—
then onto HG Trueman where we will
reclaim Lusby as OUR town!
—then down Cove Point Road (OUR road!)
—ending at Cove Point Park, OUR park!
1:00pm Picnic & fellowship at Cove Point Park

6 MILE MARCH from SOLOMONS
to COVE POINT PARK

WeAreCovePoint.org

SPONSORS: WE ARE COVE POINT, CALVERT CITIZENS FOR A
HEALTHY COMMUNITY, BEYOND EXTREME ENERGY, CHESAPEAKE
CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK, SIERRA CLUB CALVERT COUNTY

Nau, referring to the two lawsuits
the company filed against the town
when its application to build the
first compressor station was denied. “They’ve already exceeded
the noise limits, they’ve damaged
town infrastructure. They’re not
good neighbors.”
Watch the video at
http://bit.ly/1a6yHwX

We Are
Cove Point

has been building steam while Dominion has
continued its preliminary construction of the LNG export terminal and liquefaction plant. Since
the last Beyond Dominion Sentinel,
we've been building a stronger
foundation, adding members (locally and from afar) and doing a lot
of reaching out into other communities resisting the various tentacles of the natural gas industry.
We've been at industry-sponsored
open houses, community-led organizing summits, action camps and
teach-ins. It's heartwarming how
many people seem to know how
big an issue this Cove Point export
terminal would be—and how it impacts the fight they have where
they live. Our resistance is sprouting fast with the springtime!
We urge everyone to support us
and represent your campaign by
coming to our March for Calvert
County to be Dominion-Free! On
May 30, we'll be walking from
Solomons Island to Lusby to regisS
ter our opposition
to this project.
Speakers will kick us off, and food
and fellowship will follow the walk.
We'd love to see you there!
More information about
We Are Cove Point and the
May 30 march can be found at
WeAreCovePoint.org.
WE ARE COVE POINT

SEED

took the fight against
Dominion's Cove Point LNG terminal to a new level by scaling a
crane on the work site on February
3 and hanging a banner calling for
Dominion to get out of Cove Point.
On April 20, Carling Sothoron
and Heather Doyle, members of
Stopping Extraction and Exports
TWO WOMEN

illustrations by leslie garcia

not permitted to speak at the
FERC meeting held in Nelson in
March. See the first issue of BDS
for more on that.)
The Nelson County Board of Supervisors also got involved by sending two letters to LaFleur. One
asked the commission to extend its
scoping period for the pipeline—
during which FERC accepts public
comments on a proposed project—
by an additional 30 days; a second
letter requested an additional scoping meeting in the county.
Read more at http://bit.ly/1C3jpiZ

protesters-distrupt-ferc-meeting/

DOMINION
DOMINION

GET OUT

NO FRACKED GAS EXPORTS
Destruction (SEED), were sentenced by a visiting judge in a
Calvert County courtroom. He gave
them double the sentence that
other defenders got at their trials in
February—40 days in jail or 40 days
suspended, with three years' unsupervised probation and a $500 fine,
reduced to $200 because authorities confiscated their climbing gear.
Sothoron chose probation, while
Doyle chose jail, which means she
will have no fine and no probation.
The judge doubled their sentence
because they both had prior
records for similar actions.
Supporters of the women from
We Are Cove Point and Beyond
Extreme Energy called the sentences “outrageous” for a trespassing violation.
Doyle would love to get mail.
You can write her at:
Heather G. Doyle, #294461
Calvert County
Detention Center,
PO Box 9,
Barstow, MD 20610.
Check this link to learn about what
restrictions apply:
http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx
?NID=289
Follow SEED at bit.ly/nolngmd.

NEWS BYTES

MARYLAND LEGISLATURE PASSES A
FRACKING MORATORIUM
THE MARYLAND HOUSE and Senate
have both passed a 2.5-year mora-

torium on fracking. The bill now
goes to Governor Larry Hogan,
who can either sign or veto it. If he
does neither after 30 days, it automatically becomes law.
Read more at
http://ecowatch.com/2015/04/10/
maryland-passes-fracking-ban/

. . . AND AGAIN IN APRIL
A HALF DOZEN BXE members stationed
themselves around the room at the
FERC Commissioners meeting,
the first at which Norman Bay
presided as chair, and the first at
which Federal Protective Services
police had been brought in to deal
with them. Amid sports banter between Bay and his predecessor,
Cheryl LaFleur, protesters again
called on FERC to stop construction of Dominion’s LNG terminal
at Cove Point, Maryland.
Check out this video and article at
http://www.dcmediagroup.us/2015/
04/16/protestors-bring-ongoingsituation-to-new-ferc-chairman/

THE FUTURE FOR LNG PROJECTS
SEVERAL RECENT ARTICLES have been
written about the
SENECA LAKE
likelihood that most
VICTORY!
of the proposed LNG
DOZENS OF PROTESTERS
export
facilities
who had nonviolently
around the U.S. will
blocked Crestwood
not be built due to
Midstream’s efforts to
the drop in oil prices,
store the products of
but Cove Point is still
fracking in abandoned
considered to be a
salt caverns below
likely candidate to
Seneca Lake had their
proceed.
charges dismissed on
Read more at
March 18 by a judge
d
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FREE B
http://bit.ly/1CwwotF
who said he did so “in
the interests of justice.” This is a
BXE DISRUPTS MARCH
tremendous victory for the antiFERC MEETING
fracking movement that has been
ABOUT 20 BXE members again disstanding up for their community
rupted the monthly meeting of and for the Earth.
FERC, this time focusing squarely
Although their fight is far from
on our demand that the agency over, we send our love and solidarmake a decision on the request for ity to the residents of the beautiful
a rehearing on the permit it Finger Lakes region of New York.
granted to Dominion to move Though not a Dominion project,
ahead with its Cove Point LNG the people’s victory here inspires
project. Once FERC releases its us to keep pushing ahead.
decision (assuming it reiterates its Read this moving statement from
approval), Earthjustice is prepared Faith Meckley from We Are Seneca
to file a lawsuit to stop the project. Lake about the dismissals at
Read more at
http://theithacan.org/blogs/justicehttp://ecowatch.com/2015/03/23/
half-served/