Study Proves Gas Plumes Exist from Compressor Stations on Pipelines

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.”

Natural Gas Infrastructure (NGI) Action Planning Summit

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!

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Upcoming Gathering for Information & Action About Brandywine Rd.

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.

We’re fighting the good fight – please help us!

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 jflynn1111@me.com.

Federal Agencies Investigating Maryland Regulators

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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On Wed. Sep 20th at 7:30 there is a Solar Co-op Info Session!

At Baden Fire Hall in Brandywine, MD.

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September 20, 2017, 7:30pm - September 20, 2017, 9:00pm

Want to go solar? Join a Solar Co-op! Information session free to the public Wednesday, September 20th, 7:30 PM Baden Fire Hall 166608 Brandywine Rd. Brandywine, MD 20613 Greater Baden Aquasco Citizens Association has invited MD SUN (Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods) a 501c(3) nonprofit to share information on solar co-ops. Homeowners can join a solar co-op to save money and make going solar easier while building a network of solar supporters. Local nonprofit MD SUN has helped homeowners organize over a dozen solar co-ops in Maryland in the last two years. Go solar. Join together. Fight for energy rights. Save up to 20% off the cost of going solar Get expert help throughout the process System sizes vary. You can size to fit your budget Questions? email solarteam@mdsun.org or call 240-334-7720 To learn more and register for the information session, visit mdsun.org/indianhead

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