New Vision

After Mattawoman Energy withdrew from building the 5th power plant, we met to decide what we were doing next. Artist, workshop leader, and environmental activist Caryl Henry Alexander facilitated and poet Jesse Alexander turned our brainstorming into a poem, “We Are Stewards of Brandywine, A Community Affirmation”.


Ideas for future actions in 4 categories for potential work groups:

Environmental reparations and revitalization for Brandywine

  • Leverage EPA contacts
  • Toxic review- remediate toxins on property
  • Planting trees
  • Clean up Air Force dumping
  • Coal ash clean up
  • Health reparations for Brandywine/Free health care

Expand community awareness

  • Youth
  • Share knowledge with other communities
  • Listening sessions
  • Faith communities involved

Political work

  • Support politicians who support our work-1-1
  • Build a powerful political infrastructure
  • Selecting our own politicians -be involved w/elections
  • Participate with representatives
  • Expanding the power of citizens to impact what happens at the County Council
  • County legislation against tax breaks
  • Not allowing the site to be converted to any other type of pollutant
  • Environmental report card for Sydney Harrison

Issues

  • Prohibit new gas plants from being built in Prince George’s
  • Transportation and Traffic
  • Clean air-monitoring
  • Shut down chalk point with a “spanking”
  • Just transition for workers and community

See recent news article that’s also available on the Resource Page: Bill Would Prevent More Power Plants From Being Built in Prince George’s       

         

          

          

Calls to County Council / Upcoming Caravan event

Our latest calls to ACTION are to call Prince George’s County Council representatives and to prepare for an announcement about a future caravan event. See more below:

Calls to Prince George’s County Council to tell them: NO TAX BREAKS TO POWER PLANTS. We’re especially interested in stopping Mattawoman Energy, but while we’re at it we can advocate that they not give tax breaks to any power plants. They should pay taxes. If you’re a tax payer, it’s your money. We need it for our health care system which has the burden of the many respiratory cases due to pollution caused by those power plants.

How to and some points you can include in your call:

  • To call County Council members, you need to start at this page, find the representative for your district (Brandywine is District 9) but ALSO remember to come back later and contact the 2 At-Large members who represent everyone in the county
    • Click on their District number in the left column to find their page with their phone number. Ask to talk to them directly, but if they’re not available, leave a complete message in case you don’t hear back from them, but say that you want a response as to if they will make the promise and vote on a bill when it comes up (or to sponsor it, if you call Councilman Harrison).
    • If you can’t reach your council person directly, call one of their staff members – find their numbers on their committee pages or elsewhere from the main county council page.
    • If you’re not a Prince George’s County resident, call one you know or from an area you have a connection with (work in, have relatives, etc.) and tell them how you’re connected and why you think they should not give tax breaks to power plants.
  • We’re asking Councilman Harrison to create a bill that will make it illegal to give a tax credit or tax break to power plants, so you can advocate for all of them to vote for it when they see it but in the mean time not to vow not to vote on giving tax breaks to power plants
    • the PILOT is the one they gave to Keys Energy power plant which is just one of 2 power plants in the center of Brandywine a 3rd power plant, just 1/2 mile from Brandywine Elementary School, getting ready to build
  • At-large members represent all in county – say you’re a constituent:
  • Keep your message short, clear, personal (share a short story if applicable), and concise. Below are some other things you can bring up.
  • Health Effects of Electric Utilities from the American Lung Association
    • Note that Transporting the Fuel will not be as much of an issue due to it being piped in, although pipelines do have leaks, however, during the 3 years of construction, we will have many MORE trucks and this area already has too many.
    • Article about local truck traffic
  • Environmental impacts of Natural Gas by Union of Concerned Scientists – also includes Greenhouse gases that create climate change
  • Brandywine, Maryland is a “Sacrifice zone” – article from University of Maryland Community Engagement, Environmental Justice, and Health – tell county council members it has to stop!

Stay tuned for an educational caravan in Feb. – join our activists by emailing: cleanair@brandywinemd.com and/or subscribe to this blog here.

Letter-Writing Action 1 to End 2020

We need to reach out to our state legislators to ask them to support Maryland State Delegate Ivey’s bill (PG 410-21), which will be discussed on Wed., Dec. 30 and the deadline to submit a letter is 4 PM on Tues., Dec. 29, but until it is passed or withdrawn letters can continue to be sent (see below).  If you have not written to your legislator previously, it is pretty simple.

  • Only write to your own legislators.  If you want to find them, you can put your address in here Members – Find My Representatives (maryland.gov).  Scroll down to get your state legislators.  If you click on them, you will get their email address (or see list below).
  • Email both your Delegates (if you have 2) and your Senator.
  • Keep it short.
  • Start by saying that you support Delegate Ivey’s bill, PG 410-21 to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure (here’s the link to read it).
  • Then, put in a sentence or two about why you support the bill.  You can say anything you want.  If you have experienced harm from the existing power plants, that would be good to mention.
  • One of the things that legislators say all the time is that they remember when someone has a story.  It makes them connect to the issue.  If you have a story, that’s great, but keep it short.
  • End by saying that you would like the Delegate or Senator to COMMIT to supporting the bill.
  • Finally, put in your name and your full address, including zip code.

Here’s a list of Maryland state representatives (both Delegates and Senators):

Charles28DelegateDavis, Debradebra.davis@house.state.md.us
Charles28DelegatePatterson, Edith J.Edith.Patterson@house.state.md.us
Charles28DelegateWilson, C. T.ct.wilson@house.state.md.us
Charles28SenatorEllis, Arthurarthur.ellis@senate.state.md.us
Calvert27ADelegateProctor, Susiesusie.proctor@house.state.md.us
Calvert and Prince George’s27BDelegateJackson, Michael A. Michael.Jackson@house.state.md.us
Charles and Prince George’s27CDelegateFisher, Mark N.mark.fisher@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s25DelegateBarnes, Darryl Darryl.Barnes@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s25DelegateCharles, Nicknick.charles@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s25DelegateDavis, Dereck E.dereck.davis@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s25SenatorGriffith, Melonymelony.griffith@senate.state.md.us
Prince George’s26DelegateTurner, Veronicaveronica.turner@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s26DelegateValderrama, Kriselda kris.valderrama@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s26DelegateWalker, Jay jay.walker@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s26SenatorPatterson, Obieobie.patterson@senate.state.md.us
Prince George’s23ADelegate Valentino-Smith, Geraldine   geraldine.valentino@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s23BDelegate Holmes, Marvin E., Jr.   marvin.holmes@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s23BDelegate Watson, Ron courtney.watson@house.state.md.us
Prince George’s23Senator  Peters, Douglas J.   douglas.peters@senate.state.md.us

NOTE: Senator Mike Miller, District 27 recently resigned due to poor health. Write to Delegate Susie Proctor if you’re in district 27 A where the Mattawoman Energy power plant is planned to be built.

Testify to Public Service Commission

How to testify to the Maryland Public Service Commission for the Dec. 9 hearing about the PPRP’s response to the Downstream Report about the Mattawoman Energy’s 161-page amendment to their permit to build the 5th power plant within 13 miles (see details about this issue throughout this website and Talking Points here):

To speak at the Virtual Administrative Meeting of Dec. 9, 10 AM

 Contact Susan Thomas at susan.thomas@maryland.gov;

 Do so by 12:00 noon on the Tuesday (Dec 8) before the Administrative Meeting, which is held each Wednesday at 10:00 AM. Indicate on your email that you will address the Mattawoman Energy Center LLC Amendment. 

Written comments for the Dec. 9 Meeting must be posted by 12:00 Noon on Monday Dec. 7. 

Here is how: Go to the PSC website to the Public Comments page at: https://www.psc.state.md.us/make-a-public-comment/

You must register to use the Electronic Dropbox system if you have not yet done so.
Use the password that goes with your email address, or use forget
password to get one.
If you are using Internet Explorer please click here

Once logged in, just upload your document from your file. If you have any problems contact:

Toya R. Lee
Maryland Public Service Commission
toya.lee@maryland.gov
(410) 767-8098

Sign Petition & Pass It On

Please sign this petition and share it widely. We would like our legislators to know that a lot of people are concerned about the environment. GO TO THIS LINK FOR PETITION.

We do not want a 5th power plant in our community! It will also affect climate change.

SEE MORE ABOUT OUR FIGHT TO STOP THIS PLANT: Past blog posts/updates, the 5 power plants within 13 miles, the issuesGlobal WarmingEnvironmental InjusticeProperty ValuesFrackingCheap Gas, TaxesWorst Energy Job CreatorLack of Public Involvement, and Alternatives )

PSC Hearing Update

  • Dec. 4, Fri, we should receive a response from PPRP about the Downstream Strategies report which was the reason for the postponement of the decision from the Nov. 4 hearing. The response should be available here. However it is possible it will be posted where it won’t show up in this search of case number 9330, sorted by date. Dr. Henry Cole will be searching for it several times per day and will notify us when he finds it. You will be notified if you’re on our GoogleGroup. The final agenda for the Dec. 9 hearing and links to related docs are here.
  • Dec. 6, Sun., we will be having a meeting to see what we should do if we don’t get a postponement. We will continue to ask as we haven’t had a chance to review the response before the hearing (information below). If you’d like to join us Sun. night on Zoom, the information will be sent to our GoogleGroup.
  • Dec. 7, Mon. noon is the deadline for sending a letter to PSC as testimony for the hearing (whether you can attend or not). Responses from last month’s hearing is here (select case number 9330 and dates Oct. 1 to today’s date should give you all the public comments which can be used as examples but the content of them now should be about the response to the report linked to above – we can’t advise you as to how to comment since we don’t have the response and no idea how it will turn out).
  • Dec. 8, Tues. noon is the deadline to sign up to speak at the Dec. 9 hearing. Information on how to make a public comment is here. The order of the agenda could change, but you can find Mattawoman Energy on the agenda here.
  • Dec. 9 10:00 AM hearing. If you’re not signed up to speak, you can watch it live or in recording here. If you are signed up to speak, you should get a link to the video chat in your email.

THE HEARING IS ABOUT THE PIPELINE

Below are the photos again as a reminder of what the pipeline can do to our land and where it will be.

Note this story of a drilling accident in New Jersey. And this story about pipeline problems in Pennsylvania.