Cluster of Power Plants in Brandywine
4 existing and 1 proposed
Public HEARING, August 17, 2015 • Brandywine, MD • Volunteer Fire Department • 7:00 PM
Statement of Concern
We are of the opinion that the North Keys and the Panda Mattawoman proposed project gas power plants will also create water problems, both in sourcing and disposal. When operating on natural gas, it can consume 58,000 gallons per day; in oil mode, can use 1,000,000 gallons per day. We believe that consuming such a large amount of water could disrupt our aquifer and cause water shortages. This does not include the Quarry Mines, Surface Mining Plants that consume massive about of water.
We ask for legislation that pertains to a Department of Energy pledge with a 20/20 program: 20% of its energy coming from renewable sources by the year 2020. We are currently at 3%. The construction of the power plant will not contribute to this goal. The plant is also unnecessary, based on Forecast Reports that concludes electric generation supply will be adequate through 2022.
Various constituencies in opposition of the plant are in the process of assessing all options available to attempt to stop this plant from being constructed. In the weeks ahead they will be looking to the vast numbers of supporters who have expressed their opposition to the plant in joining together to continue the effort of looking at the environment disparity aspect.
- The cumulative effect of methane leaks before burning makes natural gas more climate-unfriendly than coal. Every independent study of gas-field methane emissions has corroborated this fact, including those from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Purdue University, and the Cornell University research team that was the first to explore the climate impacts of natural gas and shale gas production.
- Traffic Concerns (Brandywine Road Club) and emissions
- Truck Traffic (over 1500 truck trips)
- We deserve our Clean Air, Water and Land (soil).
- Flammable, toxic, and a potent greenhouse gas; Mixed with: Acid, Corrosive inhibitor, Bactericides, Friction reducer, Iron control, and Scale inhibitors which end up in the wastewater and drilling slurry; erodes Air, Soil and Drinking water Quality
- Environmental and public health hazards are serious and irreversible
- Pipeline drilling uses millions of gallons of water/creates adverse environmental consequences to farms food chain, citizen’s communities and conservation land
- At risk of possible rupture and explosion causing loss of life and property damage
- Accelerates Climate Change
- Erodes property values and impact consumer mortgages and insurance. National research studies have shown that property values will decline; and a safety risk will be introduced into populated areas.
- Stresses local communities resources and damages infrastructure
- Subverts needed investments in carbon-free fuel alternatives
- Wealth and income shift from 95% to 5%
- Along with the other environmental disparate industrial uses in the Brandywine such as Aggregate Surface Mining, Fly Ash, Lagoon Sludge Fields pollution
- The percentage of Distribution of the Environmental Burdens of impaired or threats to the environment in the Brandywine area are in the 90% to 100% for health risks, exposure, emissions, and major chemical releases or waste generation.
- Cooling Tower Are Total Dissolved Solid (TSD) levels in the cooling tower water expected to exceed the assumed average with regularity and is there a significant difference in PM emissions from the cooling tower complex using maximum TDS levels versus average TDS levels?
- Ammonia Emissions Mattawoman's estimated ammonia emissions (198 tpy) are approximately five (5) times higher than Maryland's largest point source ammonia emitter in the 2011 version 1 NEI. These emissions are also significantly higher than reported ammonia emissions for comparable facilities in the NEI and reported emissions in PA DEP's eFACT site.
- The proposed site boundary must have adequate public access controls to qualify as an ambient boundary for modeling purposes. (Brandywine Road Club inefficiencies).
- Curbing air pollution across the entire system, from drilling and production to distribution, by setting strong clean air standards that minimize methane leakage and prevent dangerous smog-forming and cancer-causing toxic air pollution;
- Mandating the strongest well siting, design, construction, and operation standards and other drilling best practices;
- Protecting the landscape, air, and water from pollution by closing clean air, clean water and safe drinking water laws loopholes, reducing toxic waste and holding toxic oil and gas waste to the same standards as other types of hazardous waste, funding robust inspection and enforcement programs, and requiring that oil and gas companies post adequate bonds or other financial securities;
- Mandating full public disclosure of information regarding chemicals used in fracking;
- Prioritizing renewables and efficiency to replace fossil fuels;
- Ensuring full transparency and public participation in permitting and regulatory processes associated with oil and gas development, and allowing citizens to bring enforcement actions against lawbreakers; and
- Allowing communities to determine their own future by restricting fracking through comprehensive zoning and planning