Potomac Pipeline is a No-Go, Thanks to Animal Farm

FractivistsK.J. Rodgers
Crownsville, Maryland  


The Maryland Board of Public Works embraced the Animal Farm revolution to reject the easement request for the Potomac Pipeline. 

This week, the Maryland Board of Public Works once again put their baseless emotions in front of the facts and opted to deny an easement application for the Potomac Pipeline. Headed up by Comptroller Peter (Squealer) Franchot, Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp, and Comrade Governor, Larry Hogan, the Maryland Board of Public Works decided the scare tactics of The Terracotta Army of pseudo-environmentalist groups, the sheep, were justified in blocking the natural gas pipeline from delivering clean-burning energy to Western Virginia.

Gov. Hogan's Sudden Opposition to the Potomac Pipeline

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The once Hogan-endorsed pipeline was set to cross the smallest span of Maryland in the Western Panhandle, a length of three and a half miles, and into West Virginia. The goal was to easily transfer natural gas to the coal-dependent state to not only provide heating and energy power to its citizens, but also to feed the Appalachian Storage Hub. A little research on that project and the interstate commerce nature of that project will serve to illustrate the ridiculousness of this totally political decision to reject the easement.

Activists have been fighting this pipeline for two years, basing the fears on a revolving set of issues such as karst geography, poisoning the District’s water supply, or whatever ideology they believe will fit the situation at the moment. Showing up in plastic kayaks on the water to boycott an 8-inch pipe and inserting “fracked” into every instance of natural gas to demonize it based on unsubstituted fears, the activists have shouted, “Green is good, fossil is bad.” This lead, in turn, to the other animals of the farm, the Maryland General Assembly, to pen a letter to the Board of Public Works asking them to deny the easement – regardless of the consequences.

What are those consequences? Plainly speaking, a vote against natural gas is a vote for coal in Western Virginia. Men and women there are not up to playing the silly politics of Animal Farm elitists who take for granted the benefits of natural gas has given to them to heat their homes. The people of West Virtginia have been raised in the mines and will go back to them if there are no other means to provide for their families.

DC News Coverage of Potomac Rejection

The Sierra Club of Maryland Director, Joshua Tulkin, shared a video of a DC news channel, WUSA9, because they had a “shout out” of the coverage. To add salt to the wound, the ‘news’ video is basically a re-broadcasting of Gasland – seriously, flaming water scenes and all. One beautiful part of their propaganda video is their quoting of Jim Willis, Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN) at 1:55 into the video. Great quote, Jim.

TransCanada, the company behind this pipeline adventure, is not giving up. While it does make the situation tougher than it needed, I am hoping others do not see it as a precedent.

Potmac Pipeline Protesters

Check out the local reporting by Herald Media

Ann Bristow, a radical figure I have mentioned several times before, sums my Animal Farm theme of this post up just right by saying, “He saw the writing on the wall — he wants to be on the right side of history.” The only writing on the wall is “Green is good, fossil is bad” and its only intent is to steer beliefs of others without them needing to think for themselves.

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9 thoughts on “Potomac Pipeline is a No-Go, Thanks to Animal Farm

  1. It must be painful and frustrating that not everyone is enamored with gas as you are..

    Gas is a dirty-polluting energy and needs to be replaced by something else and it’s so invasive…and coal is not the answer..
    The amount of pipelines and infrastructure never ends.

    They need to place your home in the middle of the production fields and see how much you like it….

    • “Our future is water” says the sign held by the man on the left.

      What in the world is that supposed to mean?

      Anyone with oppositional views is then against … water?

      These are the types of ‘arguements’ frequently put forth by hydrocarbon haters that are so bereft of common sense, so lacking in any knowledge that effective debate is simply not possible.

      I would bet that not a single one of those pictured individuals are even familiar with the 2016 EPA report, issued by the Obama led administration, that exhaustively drew upon over 1,000 studies, reports, real world incidents and fracturing activities and found the entire process from water withdrawals, handling and disposal to be a safe, effective pathway to extract hydrocarbon resources.

      These ongoing antics are so reminiscent of bygone, late night college debates wherein the intensity of the passions expressed were only exceeded by the degree of ignorance towards the topic at hand.

      Grow up, people.

      This is getting so tiresome.

  2. I believe Transcanada should shutdown all of their pipelines in Maryland in the states interest of protecting their drinking water from non toxic natural gas.

  3. Maryland is a funny state when it comes to the fracked gas. Cove point the lng export expansion was a-ok when a proposal. Governor liked the fracking until after the New York fracking ban, then supported banned it in 2017 and now md has rejected this easement according to this article in the Baltimore sun for no scientific reason? Wow. Sounds a lot like NY. By the way what areas does the antifracking movement have the most influence in? Is it Chesapeake, Delaware river basin and NY?


      • Interesting. Yes I would say it is most powerful in NY State, but also has real power in PA around the deleware river basin and it got fracking banned via legislation in Maryland. It has people working directly for or with new jersey’s new governor though as well.and has managed to get federal legislation introduced too.

        How much influence wirh the press would you say it has?

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