On the 10th of November, opponents of exporting fracked gas out of Cove Point, MD returned to Dominion’s pier construction site in nearby Solomons, MD site for the 3ed time in 8 days. Protesters arrived at 6AM and confronted trucks entering the site. Near the end of the protest, Leslie Garcia from Lusby, MD was arrested for attempting to deliver an eviction notice to the site. Lusby is immediately south of Cove Point and caualties there are expected if there is a serious accident with the proposed LNG export plant.
Several interesting demographic facts have emerged about this “megaload” landing site being built by Dominion. First of all, exactly ONE person working on the site for the primary contractor is reported to be a Calvert County resident. In other words, the project has delivered exactly ONE job so far! The majority of the workers are from Texas, as is the main contractor. They have all been staying at a Holiday Inn, whose parking lot is filled nightly with cars bearing Texas license plates. A security guard had to be hired to watch over their cars due to the local unpopularity of the project.An upcoming beauty pageant will force the relocation of the Texas workers to another motel.
Second of all, it is being reported that Dominion is spending $1,500,000 to hire an extra ten Calvert County Sheriff’s deputies, apparently available to Dominion on an as-needed basis. That’s $150,000 per cop for one year, and there are further reports that their paychecks are being signed by Dominion. This gives new meaning to earlier reports that the Sheriff’s Dept was “bought and paid for” by Dominion.
The purpose of this pier is to provide a point for “megaloads” of large scale equipment meant for the Cove Point LNG export plant to be unloaded from barges onto trucks, then to traverse Route 4 other narrow roads of far sourthern Calvert County on their way to the gas plant.
Work is reported to be 6 days a week at this site to make a Dec 15 deadline to finish construction or wait out a moratorium on working in the water until mid-March. That moratorium is for environmental protection, I believe of oyster beds. They just started construction, and have been hampered by civil disobedience protesters on three of the last 7 days of work. The first of these protests, on Nov 3, delayed the start of work that day for hours, I don’t know if they were able to start at all or had sent the workers home when the loader that was at that time the site’s front gate was found locked down.
Video of the picket, civil disobedience, and die-in
Protesting at the Dominion pier site in the dawn fog
Confronting one of the few vehicles entering the site between 6 and 9 AM on Nov 10
The eviction notice Leslie Garcia was arrested for attempting to deliver in both poster and legal paper format
Cops stop Leslie Garcia from approaching anyone on-site, then refuse the notice
Leslie Garcia arrested for refusing to abandon her effort to serve the eviction notice
Picketing the site