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.

Read more from the above links and join us to help make change to protect the environment by donating to the cause and keeping abreast of new actions we’re taking by joining our mailing list and  joining us on Facebook.

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Clean Air Prince George’s finalize their mission statement

January 18, 2016

CAPG group finalized their mission statement today. The group took into account the various goals of its diverse membership and voted on the following:

So Everybody Can Breathe Easy

Mission Statement of Clean Air Prince George’s

A diverse network of local citizens, Clean Air Prince George’s works for the public good in four areas:

  • Reversing the extraordinary proliferation of fossil fuel power plants and other polluting industries that are turning our community into an environmental sacrifice zone.
  • Promoting renewable energy initiatives and other sustainable, long-term, development projects that will further our community’s economic and social recovery.
  • Holding public servants accountable for the decisions they make and the ways they make them.
  • Preserving our rural area and its natural resources including clean air, watersheds, wetlands, forests and farms.

We believe that the welfare of present and future generations and the integrity of the environment call for vigorous action on our part in all these areas. We welcome involvement by anyone wanting to join us in this effort.

PSC Grants More Time for Comments on Amendment to CPCN for Mattawoman Energy

January 12, 2016

The PSC granted a request for a postponement of the Jan. 13 hearing on Mattawoman Energy’s request for an amendment to the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (“CPCN”). Mattawoman requested an expedited request to increase the amount of “dewatering” that they would like to perform for the development of the pipeline.

Construction dewatering is the removal or draining of groundwater or surface water from a riverbed, construction site, caisson, or mine shaft, by pumping or evaporation. On a construction site, this dewatering may be implemented before subsurface excavation for foundations, shoring, or cellar space to lower the water table.

The pipeline path and dewatering process is of extreme concern to local residents, as it follows the path along Brandywine Road, passing both a very large junk yard and to the entrance of the proposed Mattawoman plant itself, which is the location of one of the worst EPA “Superfund” toxic waste sites on the East Coast (the Brandywine DRMO facility).

The Brandywine Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO) facility in Brandywine, MD was used to store wastes and excess governmental materials such as jet fuel, explosive ordinance, various oils, and other chemicals. The facility was used by many different DoD operations from the Washington, DC region including: AAFB, Bolling Air Force Base, the Washington Naval Yard, the Naval Surface War fare Center (NSWC)-Indian Head, and White Oak Laboratory (now known as NSWC-White Oak). DRMO site activities contaminated the soil and groundwater with hazardous chemicals.

Some of the contaminants that detected in ground water from the DRMO site are:

  Ground Surface Air Soil Other
Water Water
1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE X        
1,2-TRANS-DICHLOROETHYLENE X        
1,4-DICHLOROBENZENE X        
2-METHYLNAPHTHALENE         X
ACENAPHTHENE X        
ACETONE         X
ANTHRACENE         X
AROCLOR 1260   X      
BENZ(A)ANTHRACENE   X      
CHRYSENE         X
CIS-1,2-DICHLOROETHYLENE X        
FLUORANTHENE         X
FLUORENE         X
METHYL ETHYL KETONE X        
NAPHTHALENE X        
PHENANTHRENE         X
PYRENE         X
TOLUENE         X
TRICHLOROETHYLENE X        

 

Link to information on the Brandywine DRMO Site from “scorecard.goodguides.com”, an environmental watchdog group.

Link to information on the Brandywine DRMO Site from the EPA.

It is not known, yet, which contaminants (if any) stem from the additional commercial/industrial facilities along the proposed pathway (including potential pollutants and remediation efforts that would need to be performed during the “first mile of pipeline”). The proposed pipeline route is adjacent to a very large auto junk yard and several other auto “junk yards” up and down Brandywine Road.

Planned-Water-Pipeline

Image from the PSC’s public document showing the proposed pipeline path in the “1st mile”.

The EPA and DoD paid for “city water” to be run to residents and commercial entities around the old DRMO facility. The is fear that if the dewatering process plans for pumping extracted water to the surface, residents may be adversely exposed to toxins.

The EPA and DoD have continuously briefed Brandywine Residents as to the ongoing Superfund cleanup process. During a yearly presentation the Brandywine North Keys Civic Association, EPA and DoD officials explained that it would not be possible to remove all contaminations from the Superfund site, and cited concerns on the actual removal of contaminated earth under the site.

Residents have also expressed concern as to the pipeline’s construction requirements and potential safety impacts to response times from the new Brandywine Volunteer Fire Station and access concerns to Gwynn Park High School, both of which are located within the planned “first mile” in the proposed pipeline pathway.

Unfortunately, Brandywine Elementary is located a few hundred yards from both the DRMO Superfund site, the proposed Mattawoman Power Plant, along the proposed pipeline path.

The new deadline for written comments on the proposed amendment for additional dewatering volume is Feb. 8th and the tentative hearing date is Feb. 18th. Comments may be submitted to:

David J Collins

Executive Secretary

Maryland Public Service Commission

William Donald Schaefer Tower

6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202

Re: Case No 9330

Protest March Against Pollution Plants in Brandywine, MD

January 1, 2016

Local residents took time on New Year’s Day to protest the newly  approved Keys Energy Center and Mattawoman power plants in Brandywine, MD. The residents placed signs along the Brandywine Road corridor to raise awareness. They marched up and down the main section of the town Brandywine with an accordion, funny hats, tambourines, signs, and dogs.

Residents on a peaceful New Year's day march in Brandywine, MD

Residents on a peaceful New Year’s day march in Brandywine, MD

Brandywine, MD already contains an existing Gas-powered power plant (The Panda Plant). And, another large Gas-powered plant (Charles Power Center) is being constructed the adjacent town of Waldorf, MD. If all the approved plants are constructed, the aggregation of fossil fuel emissions in such a small location will be unprecedented within the United States.

“We are not excited about the idea of two new power plants so we walk!” exclaimed local resident Nick Newlin.

Yard signs are still available for those residents who wish to have a sign on their own property. Please contact us for more information on how to obtain a sign.