July 9 CCIHC co-sponsored a Panel discussion in Howard County
And there was a repeat of the same Panel again!
An Explosion of Fracking? What you can do to Impact the Biggest Trade Deal Ever -There is a repeat of this outstanding program
Wed Aug 14 7 p.m. (pizza at 6:30)
Sponsored by Public Citizen, the Maryland Sierra Club, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and the Environmental Task Force, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive “free trade agreement” that could impact nearly every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat to the air we breathe to the quality of our jobs. One of the impacts of the TPP would likely be a substantial increase in U.S. natural gas exports to countries in the Pacific Rim from right here in Maryland, paving the way to more fracking across the United States.
Despite the huge impact the agreement would have on our communities and the environment, the TPP is being negotiated in near complete secrecy. Please join us on July 9th to learn more about the TPP and its impacts on the environment. After an overview of the TPP, discussants will focus on how the TPP could expand fracking and natural gas exports. You will also learn about how you can influence these critical trade talks.
Discussants Aug 16 again will be:
Lacey Kohlmoos, Senior Field Organizer, Public Citizen: Lacey joined Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch (GTW) Field Team in January 2013. Her work with GTW focuses on raising awareness of the TPP and mobilizing people against it through public education events, online organizing, and art activism.
Ilana Solomon, Trade Representative, Sierra Club: Ilana joined the Sierra Club in early 2012 to lead the Club's work on responsible trade. Ilana works to create public support for trade and investment rules that protect the environment and to shed light on the environmental threats posed by our current global trading system.
Leslie Morrison, Healthy Communities Campaign Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network: Leslie has been organizing with CCAN since the Fall of 2009. As part of the Healthy Communities Campaign, Leslie works to clean up polluting facilities and hold them to existing environmental laws. One of Leslie’s focuses this year is on natural gas infrastructure, including the proposed export facility at Cove Point in Calvert County.
TPP & Fracking Links/Background from Panel Members and More
The US used to import natural gas. Then we fracked and natural gas got cheap. Now we want to export it because it is expensive overseas and frackers will make more money. In order to EXPORT national gas it has to be liquefied (changed from gas to liquid by compression and cooling) - an energy intensive process. For export the gas is LNG (liquefied natural gas) . Cove Point Md used to be an LNG import facility. Dominion power is seeking to turn it into an LNG export facility. This mean more area pipelines and compressor stations to bring natural gas to Cove Point MD from fracking areas in the north (Pennsylvania etc). Whether of not fracking happens in Western MD, communities across Maryland would have exposure to fracked gas coming through Maryland to feed demand at the export facility. Exporting more LNG will not only increase the cost of gas in the US, it will increase fracking to meet the export demand. "Free Trade" trade agreements like the TPP will make exporting LNG much easier and more profitable (again increasing fracking in the US).
CCAN Southern Maryland Cove Point Factsheet here
. ""The explosion of “fracking” for natural gas has led to a glut of gas in the U.S. In total, proposed LNG export projects in the U.S. would allow the gas industry to export more than 40 percent of current domestic gas production...
The result would be higher prices for domestic consumers and industries, and serious impacts on the health and safety of local communities and our climate. To support the export of LNG, Dominion has proposed constructing 48 miles of new gas pipelines in Maryland alone. Pipelines, which can leak and rupture, causing fires and explosions, would snake through our waterways, neighborhoods and farms. Residents of the small, rural town of Myersville, Maryland are already fighting a 16,000-horsepower compressor station needed to feed gas to Cove Point, which Dominion wants to construct just a mile from the town’s elementary school." Fact Sheet: The Proposed Cove Point Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Export Facility would be the 4th Largest Climate Polluter in Maryland
Sierra Club - Take Fracking Out of Our Trade Agreements - www.sierraclub.org/trade/trans-pacific-partnership-agreement.aspx
" Increase in dirty fracking. The TPP may allow for significantly increased exports of liquefied natural gas without the careful study or adequate protections necessary to safeguard the American public. This would mean an increase of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the dirty and violent process that dislodges gas deposits from shale rock formations. It would also likely cause an increase in natural gas and electricity prices, impacting consumers, manufacturers, workers, and increasing the use of dirty coal power"
Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch resources on the TPP
Twitter: @PCGTW #ExposeTheTPP
Copyright and Internet Freedom problems in the TPP - See this great show as a download: http://twit.tv/show/this-week-in-law/231 and also the EFF page www.eff.org/deeplinks/2012/08/whats-wrong-tpp