Events & News - May 10

CSGA Events

CSGA Business Meeting

Thursday, May 10, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

May 10, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

The 4th Symposium on Environmental Justice and Health Disparities in Maryland and the Washington, DC Region / UMd School of Public Health Center for Health Equity

May 12, 9 AM - University of Maryland, College Park

Meeting / Citizens' Climate Lobby Annapolis Chapter

May 12, 12:30 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis

Meeting / Baltimore Commission on Sustainability

May 15, 4 PM - Baltimore City Planning Office, Baltimore

Education, Communication and Outread Working Group Meeting / Maryland Climate Change Commission

May 16, 10:30 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Drop In and Hang Out at MDE / We Are Cove Point

May 16, 11 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Hearing on Petition of the Electric Vehicle Work Group for Implementation of a Statewide Electric Vehicle Portfolio / Maryland Public Service Commission

May 17, 10 AM - William Donald Schaefer Tower, Baltimore

Rally for a Safety Study / We are Cove Point

May 17, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis

Three Movies about Water, in India, Kenya and Here / Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church

May 18, 6:30 PM - Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, Bethesda

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

The fight against a planned gas pipeline in Virginia turned to the courts this week. - The Washington Post

Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) says government is illegally blocking public access.

Women sitting in trees to protest pipeline come down after judge threatens fines - The Washington Post

Theresa “Red” Terry, 61, and her daughter, Theresa Minor Terry, 30, had been up there for five weeks.

Demonstrators arrested after disrupting Seattle traffic in protest of Trans Mountain pipeline | The Seattle Times

Opponents of the proposed cross-Canada pipeline expansion blocked traffic with teepees and also occupied the lobby of an office building. About a dozen people later were arrested after police asked them to leave and they refused.

Race matters in the crackdown on environmental protests | Grist

Dozens of new laws proposed since Trump’s election seem designed to squash the right to protest.

Fayette County learned how hard it is to fight the natural gas industry | West Virginia's Troubled Transition to Natural Gas |

Energy giant sues Weymouth over pipeline station, saying federal law overrides town’s zoning - The Boston Globe

Enbridge sued in federal court in its effort to build a compressor station near the Fore River.

Enbridge set to pay $1.8M in pipeline inspection dispute | The Detroit News

Enbridge Energy will pay more than $1.8 million for allegedly missing pipeline inspections last year.

With sinkholes patched and PUC approval, Sunoco Pipeline restarts Mariner East 1 - Philly

Sunoco restarted stalled operations Thursday on the ME1, and then was hit with a $356K fine for construction violations on ME2.

New Orleans News Site Finds Actors Were Paid To Support A Power Plant : NPR

Dozens of people in bright orange shirts told the New Orleans City Council they supported a new power plant. Now The Lens reports that at least some were paid to show up and told what to say.

Pipeline firms must pay minimal damages, repair only 10 acres of wetlands: federal judge |

Plaquemines Parish wetland landowners will get only $1,102 in damages, judge rules

On Climate Change, a Disconnect Between Attitudes and Behavior - Pacific Standard

A new study finds climate change skeptics are more likely to behave in eco-friendly ways than those who are highly concerned about the issue.

Earth’s atmosphere just crossed another troubling climate change threshold - The Washington Post

Carbon dioxide concentrations have now passed 410 parts per million, sustained over a month.

Greenhouse gases rise due to increasing tourism, study says - CNN

Global tourism accounts for 8% of total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, four times more than previously believed, new research says.

Regulators reject Dominion’s renewable energy proposal - The Washington Post

State regulators are rejecting Dominion Energy’s plan to offer 100 percent renewable energy plans to its big customers, saying the electric monopoly’s proposal isn’t fair or reasonable.

Vermont reduces incentives for renewable energy program | The Sacramento Bee

State utility regulators are reducing the financial incentives for Vermonters who install renewable energy systems such as solar panels and get a credit on their electric bills for providing power to the grid.

House panel votes to boost funding for Energy Dept., Army Corps | TheHill

A House subcommittee voted Monday for a bipartisan funding bill to give $44.7 billion to the Energy Department and Army Corps of Engineers, rejecting many of President Trump’s proposed cuts to the programs.

Allianz to stop insuring coal plants, phase out investments | AP

Allianz says it will stop insuring coal-fired power plants and coal mines as part of its contribution to combating climate change.

OFF TOPIC: Climate advocate quietly tutors Trump's team --

Trammell S. Crow may be one of the most influential environmental and energy players you've never heard about.

Offshore Energy Outlook | IEA

Statoil targets deeper emission cuts to avoid stranded assets | Reuters

Coal mine deaths climb to 23 in southwest Pakistan: officials | Reuters

Rescue workers in Poland located 3rd coal miner, 4 missing - The Washington Post

Rescuers have located a third miner out of seven who went missing after an earthquake struck a coal mine Saturday in southern Poland, a mining official said. Two were rescued earlier with non-life threatening injuries.

Highly charged: complaints as electric car points block city pavements | The Guardian

In the rush to accommodate increasing numbers of electric cars, some cities are letting bulky charging stations take space from pedestrians.