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Fracking and the TPP

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)  
at the Chalice House, Cedar Lane UU Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814
 Sponsored by Public Citizen, the Maryland Sierra Club, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network,  and the Environmental Task Force, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church.  

See article and 8 min summary video of this event at:

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

See recent Washington Post article on trade agreements and  Cove Point impacts here.  We don't agree its conclusion but it does show the complexity of the arguments.  It points out that natural gas is not a renewable resource, so it is not a long term solution. (Many think the current supply is wildly overestimated).  It contributes to climate change so it does not help our efforts to increase renewables.  And there are safety issues with the pipelines. compressor stations and Cove Point.  Another perspective on trade agreements and LNG here. 

Sierra Club - Take Fracking Out of Our Trade
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"

                                    What you can do about the TPP -  Activist Toolkit -
                                             Sierra Club An Explosion of Fracking - TPP Fact Sheet  -

Public Citizen’s  Global Trade Watch resources on the TPP





            - Under current trade agreements a case has already been filed against Quebec’s moratorium on fracking

                      Food & Water Watch TPP Petition - info here.

                      Credo Action TPP Petition 





Twitter:           @PCGTW #ExposeTheTPP

For TPP one-pagers (i.e. TPP and corporate power attacks, TPP and the environment, TPP and the Safety of our Food, etc):

For a Fast Track one-pager:

For organizing “How To’s”:

To participate in the Stop the TPP Campaign:

For TPP pictures, memes, radio interviews, songs, videos, and news articles:

Copyright and Internet Freedom problems in the TPP - See this great show as a download:   and also the EFF page

ONLINE Petitions & Other TPP Resources

Hightower Lowdown issue titled "The Trans-Pacific Partnership is not about free trade. It's a corporate coup d'etat--against us!  Both Bush & Obama have kept negotiations secret about this nuclearized NAFTA." See 

Roots Action Petition -

                                   Talk Radio Interview - Here Comes Corporate Nationhood 

   Flush the TPP -
     Official TPP site -

Ruth W,
Jul 24, 2013, 7:27 AM
Ruth W,
Jul 24, 2013, 7:28 AM