Ruppersberger Fights to Stop LNG Facility From Coming to Dundalk
(Baltimore, MD.)- Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-D) is fighting to stop the proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility from coming to Dundalk in Baltimore County, Maryland. Congressman Ruppersberger wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Coast Guard asking that the request to build the facility be denied. In January, the Virginia based AES Corporation announced that it wants to build an LNG terminal on the site of the former Sparrows Point shipyard – located less than two miles from Turner Station. Liquefied natural gas is a hazardous fuel that can explode when ignited.
Congressman Ruppersberger believes the proposed facility is wrong for the area. If constructed, the facility would be less than two miles from a historic, residential neighborhood. Congressman Ruppersberger believes area residents could be harmed if there is an accident at the facility or a terrorist attack. The Coast Guard is already patrolling the LNG facility at Cove Point in Calvert County. The Coast Guard’s surveillance capabilities could be stretched thin if another plant is opened nearby. In addition, Congressman Ruppersberger believes an LNG facility would harm revitalization efforts on the eastside of Baltimore County. As the Baltimore County Executive, the Ruppersberger Administration invested over $130 million dollars to help revitalize this area.
Congressman Ruppersberger’s office has received several complaints that people are being paid by AES to push the LNG facility on local residents. These residents believe these people are writing to local papers and distributing information on the premise that they are interested in the project without letting anyone know they are being paid by the company to express their support. Congressman Ruppersberger is introducing legislation in Congress that will require these people to disclose that they are being paid for their efforts.
He’ll discuss the legislation at the press conference.
WHO: Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
Baltimore County Residents
WHY: Congressman Ruppersberger Fights to Stop LNG Facility From Coming to Dundalk;
Congressman Ruppersberger Introduces Legislation to Disclose Paid Lobbyists
WHEN: 11:30am, Tuesday, September 19, 2006
WHERE: Fleming Senior Center
Dundalk, MD 21222