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Jump in the Potomac to Stop a Pipeline

  • Upper Potomac Riverkeeper 15307 Dellinger Road Williamsport, MD, 21795 United States (map)

Come make a splash in the Potomac River and say No Potomac Pipeline! This campaign is focused on educating the public about the TransCanada pipeline that is proposed to cross under the Potomac River West of Hancock, MD. We are camping at the Paw Paw Tunnel Campground along the C&O Canal as part of our summer long Rolling Encampment Campaign. Our goal is to have everyone stretch across the Potomac River from Maryland to West Virginia to show that we stand as a united front. Food and refreshments will also be available along with camping at the reserved campsites. I hope to see you there!

Who: You

What: No Potomac Pipeline Encampment Series Week 3

When: Friday July 14th 2pm

Where: Paw Paw Tunnel Campground, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath, Oldtown, MD 21555

How: email or call Upper Potomac Riverkeeper Brent Walls at: Brent@upperpotomacriverkeeper.org or (443) 480-8970. 

Why (does this matter)?

· The pipeline threatens the drinking water of millions of people

· The pipeline does not benefit Maryland residents; in fact, this project directly conflicts with Maryland's recent decision to ban hydrofracking in the state. 

· TransCanada is the same company behind the Keystone XL pipeline, which spilled over 16 thousand gallons of crude oil on South Dakota farmland. Now they are choosing the shortest, cheapest, and unnecessarily dangerous route for the pipeline between Pennsylvania and West Virginia

· The geology along the proposed path is far from safe. Karst geology is primarily porous limestone containing fractures that can carry toxic pollution from surface water into groundwater. Pipeline leaks (especially during the beginning stages of construction) threaten private wells and can cause stream contamination and stream flow loss. Sinkholes are also likely to develop. 

· The pipeline is already dividing communities. TransCanada’s landmen are threating residents with eminent domain, using dirty tricks to divide neighbors and hurt communities. The only winners are pipeline owners.

· Climate change. Why are we investing in long-term infrastructure for fracked gas after Governor Hogan publically supported the Paris Agreement? 

· Governor Hogan has the authority to stop this pipeline. This is a fight we can win together.


There is a way to stop this pipeline. Call Hogan at 1-855-969-5613 and tell him No Potomac Pipeline