October 10, 2017
Summer may be over, but the campaign to stop the Potomac Pipeline is heating up. Now it’s time for us to come together and show solidarity in a way that’s never been seen before.
On Saturday October 14, we’ll join hand-in-hand with hundreds of concerned West Virginia and Maryland residents to span a bridge over the Potomac River in Western Maryland. Together, we’ll send a powerful message to Governor Hogan urging him to STOP TransCanada from building a fracked-gas pipeline underneath our treasured Potomac River.
We need you to join us. RSVP today for “Hands Across the Potomac” to show solidarity and say NO to the Potomac Pipeline. If you can’t make it to Saturday’s event, you can still show solidarity by sharing on social media.
The pipeline is being proposed by TransCanada, the company infamous for pushing the Keystone XL Pipeline. It would ship fracked gas from Pennsylvania to West Virginia, passing through the town of Hancock, Maryland and underneath a three-mile stretch of the Potomac River. This pipeline would pose a grave threat to our drinking water and deepen our dependence on dirty fossil fuels for years to come. We know that pipelines leak. We know that pipelines and fracked gas increase the threat of climate change and harm our neighbors from Maryland to Texas to Florida to West Virginia.
We need to build enough power to show Governor Hogan the mounting opposition against TransCanada’s Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project. That’s why we plan to stretch out, hand-in-hand, across the James Rumsey Bridge near Sharpsburg. The bridge connects West Virginia to Maryland, and we plan to stand together across its span to say NO to the Potomac Pipeline.
Join us October 14 for “Hands Across the Potomac.” Demand that Governor Hogan and our elected officials stand for a clean energy and clean water future. If you can’t make it to Saturday’s event, you can still show solidarity by sharing on social media.
Here are the details:
WHAT: “Hands Across the Potomac”: A show of solidarity between West Virginia and Maryland opposing the Potomac Pipeline for fracked gas
WHEN: Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at noon
WHERE: James Rumsey Bridge, Sharpsburg, Maryland (meeting at the grassy knoll near Shepherd’s Ram Stadium)
DIRECTIONS/PARKING: Type “Ram Stadium, WV-480, Shepherdstown, WV 25443” into your GPS. You may park in lots C or K on the Shepherd University campus, lots adjacent to Shepherd’s Ram Stadium. Our meeting point is a few steps away on the grassy knoll on North King Street, next to Erma Ora Byrd Hall. From there, we will march together to the James Rumsey Bridge (a 5-10 minute walk) which sits over the Potomac River.
RSVP: Click here to RSVP. If you’re on Facebook, RSVP there, too — and invite all your friends.
Over the past few months, a growing coalition of legislators, environmental activists. and concerned landowners has been speaking out against the pipeline. From paddling against the pipeline, to a months-long encampment in the spirit of Standing Rock, we have built a massive movement and drawn national attention to the harms that this project could cause.
Now it’s time to step up the action.
We need to join hands with Patricia Kesecker, a West Virginia land-owner who is having her land taken by eminent domain for the pipeline. We need to join hands with Jessie Ward as she fights to protect the drinking water of her two children from a pipeline that will run just a few hundred feet from her house. We need to join hands to protect the over 6 million residents that get their drinking water fromthe Potomac.
Stand with us for a frack-free future on October 14th for the “Hands Across the Potomac” event. Join elected leaders, environmental and social justice advocates, landowners and concerned citizens as we call on our leaders to stop the Potomac Pipeline.
RSVP here today for a frack-free future tomorrow.
Upper Potomac Riverkeeper
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