We need your help – and we need it now! Write a letter to National Park Service telling them not to issue a Right of Way permit for the Potomac Pipeline Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project, which if approved would be the energy source for the controversial Rockwool USA insulation manufacturing plant.
We as the public need NPS to defend our right to protect a historical treasure such as the C&O canal and the Potomac River. Horizontal directional drilling for a gas pipeline has NEVER been used to cross the Potomac. And especially in an area that has Karst geology.
For those of you following the developments of the Potomac Pipeline – and I hope that’s all of you – you probably know that the National Park Service (NPS) has yet to issue its Right of Way (ROW) permit for TransCanada to begin construction. Nor has the Maryland Board of Public Works issued its permit for construction on DNR property.
However, on September 21, TransCanada submitted a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to request authority to begin construction on other sections of the pipeline not under the jurisdiction of NPS or the Board of Public Works.
What we need is your help in a letter writing campaign to NPS C&O Canal Superintendent Kevin Brandt, to urge – no, insist – that NPS does not issue the ROW permit.
You know the issues:
Risk of pollution to the Potomac
Risk of impact to the C&O Canal from a blow out
Risk to destruction of historical property
Risk of pollution to thousands of private wells
Risk of destruction to personal property
Risk of continuous threat of a natural gas explosion
If NPS issues the ROW permit, they will absolutely be allowing these risks to occur. Because the Potomac Pipeline would cross the C&O Canal, which is owned and managed by the National Park Service, TransCanada must obtain a right of way from the federal government to cross that federally owned land. FERC’s approval preempts State siting authority, which has a similar effect as exercising eminent domain over private property. FERC, however, cannot preempt another federal agency’s control over its property.
So, please, write to Superintendent Brandt. Tell him that your health and safety, and that of your fellow citizens simply is not worth the risk of piping fracked natural gas, which is not produced in Maryland and will not be used in Maryland.
Here’s a sample letter. But try to personalize it – use your home location, mention something specific about why this is important to you personally.