Community members are concerned about new activity with Mattawoman Power Plant. Dominion stated they will not be providing their gas (see article here and read quote on our link at Facebook). They have applied to the Public Service Commission (PSC) to amend their Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) which is the major permit needed to start construction and, to our knowledge, no locally concerned citizens were notified.
Here are some concerns that may affect you:
- Noise pollution: If they are permitted to air-cool instead of water-cool which was their previous plan. Location (zoom out as needed – 1/2 mi. from elementary school).
- Gas pipeline leak/potential explosion (part of pipeline is existing, not new – does it meet today’s codes?)
- Truck traffic during construction – Air pollution, more noise, safety
- Traffic congestion on Brandywine Rd. and other adjoining roads, including Rt. 5 & 301
- Impact on renewable energy sources, carbon emissions and climate change (State says we’re supposed to go to green energy by 2030 – see article) – our future
- Air and Water pollution – see information throughout this site
Stay connected from this website or our Facebook page for a public meeting later in June 2019.
Other recent web pages to visit:
Public Service Commission list of 9330 cases
Mattawomen Energy Center (contains links to CPCN)
Maryland Public Service Commission’s Search for Case 9330 (sort by date with 2019 at top)
EPA Resolution for civil rights complaint
The following study was found to show emissions from natural gas pipelines according to this article: Compressors on natural gas pipelines measured releasing high concentration plumes of gas
“The study was conducted by Bryce Payne and Bob Ackley, of Gas Safety,Inc., with A. Paige Wicker, Zacariah L. Hildenbrand, Doug D. Carlton Jr. and Kevin A. Schug, of the University of Texas at Arlington1. Measurements were made on public roads in the area of 9 compressors in Pennsylvania and New York. Compressors are needed about every 50 miles to push the gas along the pipelines, using turbines and usually pipeline gas driven motors; all those studied were gas driven.
The study reveals rogue methane a full mile from the compressor stations tested. Only methane was measured, but is a proxy for the mixture that is natural gas. While these plumes are composed predominantly of the greenhouse gas methane, which accounts for 80 to over 90% of natural gas, they also can contain nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, radon and volatile organic compounds, among other materials.”
Join neighbors to strategize and workshop shared pathways of actions to address existing and emerging Natural Gas Infrastructure (NGI) in Maryland. From pipelines to compressor stations, our communities are paying for dirty energy with their health and the ever-growing threat of the climate crisis
Action Planning Summit
June 10, 2017
1 pm – 4 pm
Beloved Community Church
17500 Indian Head Hwy
Accokeek, MD 20607
Together we will learn, listen, and seek solutions to stop the onslaught of NGI on our communities. Share the event page with neighbors and then register to attend!
We have many concerns about the Brandywine Road area. Besides the Keys Power plant now using the road with its trucks, in addition to gravel miners and other industry, and the Mattawoman plant having plans to put a pipeline on Brandywine Rd. at some unknown time, there are other projects planned on the road between Rt. 5 and just east of the railroad tracks. These activities include:
These activities could interfere with our ability to get around in the center of Brandywine – to access the bank, the post office, the elementary school, other businesses, and possibly even our homes. Traffic is also related to clean air due to exhaust fumes, which can especially be a problem with large trucks.
We would also like to keep in mind the plans of the county for Brandywine Revitalization to become a walkable/bike-able community.
If you would like to discuss these concerns with fellow residents of Brandywine, please join our new GoogleGroup so that we can send you announcements and you can give us feedback. The link is on the side of every page under Subscribe and the social media images. There’s also a link on the Donation page. We’d like to invite you to our next gathering, which we hope will be soon.
Have you been down Brandywine Road lately? The work has stopped. That doesn’t mean they’re going away as they have permits and plans and have spent millions. We’re still working on stopping the 3rd natural gas plant in Brandywine and we have a coal plant as well – this plant is not needed here. Natural gas is dirty fossil fuel that will pollute and we’re fighting big corporate interests. We’re a small community.
Please support our legal battle with a donation (online here) – every little bit counts or contribute as much as you can afford. SPECIAL OFFER: People donating $50 or more during April 2017 will be invited to a cocktail party at national historic William W. Early house.
Your support can make a big difference. For more information, contact Joanne at 301-502-3261 email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth Day, April 22, 2017 9 AM – 1 PM with free music and refreshments, which benefits environmental programs in the area – this year will go to helping the fight against the 3rd gas-generated power plant in Brandywine.
plant swap flyer (PDF)
We’re requesting a judicial review of the permit to the Mattawoman power plant. This is the first time we’re seeing all the documents. We have many others if you’re interested, but the permit language, comments to questions from residents, and most of the actual questions are in this first document which is a very large PDF.
On June 15, there was an article in the Washington Post entitled, U.S. to investigate civil rights complaint against proposed Maryland power plant
In part it says:
Residents of rural Brandywine, working with the environmental advocacy group Earthjustice, filed a civil rights complaint last month alleging that air pollution from the proposed Panda Mattawoman power plant would disproportionately affect their unincorporated town, which is 72 percent African American.
Two power plants already exist in the Brandywine area, and two more, including Panda Mattawoman, are proposed within 15 miles.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Transportation Department, which provide funds for the relevant Maryland regulatory agencies and oversee their compliance with civil rights laws, said in a letter to Earthjustice on Tuesday that they have agreed to investigate the claim.
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