Myersville resident Ann Nau will be one of several panelists with Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s nine-stop tour across Maryland, including Hood College on Monday.
The panelists will address pipeline infrastructure, such as the proposed Myersville compressor station.
Nau is vice president of Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community, a grass roots group organized to keep Dominion Transmission Inc. from building a gas compressor station in the small west Frederick County town.
Nau has argued that DTI's proposed 16,000-horsepower compressor station is less than one mile from the Myersville Elementary School and would emit 23.5 tons of nitrogen oxide per year, risking lives.
The panelists are protesting a new network of infrastructure — pipelines and compressor stations — to transport natural gas from fracking operations to Cove Point that will shipped to overseas markets.
Large “energy companies benefit when communities like ours don't connect the dots between their plans and our health,” Nau said in a recent letter to the editor.
“In the case of Dominion's $3.8 billion plan to liquefy and export natural gas from its Cove Point facility on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, you can bet they hope Frederick County residents don't (connect the dots), because we could pay a particularly high price,” Nau wrote.
A recent MIT study found that Maryland has a higher death rate due to air pollution than any other state, resulting in the premature deaths of 113 out of 100,000 people per year, Nau said.
Dominion's plan — to pipe across Maryland, liquefy and export nearly 1 billion cubic feet of gas from Cove Point every day — is a great deal for big gas corporations, but a lousy deal for Marylanders, Nau said.
“While Dominion walks away with huge profits, we will be stuck with higher prices, dirtier air and the industrialization of our rural community; we owe it to our communities to speak out,” Nau said.
Nau will be joined on the panel by Mike Tidwell, director of Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Paul Roberts, co-founder of Citizen Shale.
IF YOU GO
n WHAT: Frederick Crossroads 2013 Tour Stop: Clean Energy, Not Cove Point!
n WHEN: 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday (doors open at 7 p.m.)
n WHERE: Hood College, Rosenstock Auditorium, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick