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DTI's 2008 industrial site!

Dominion still owns the historic Marker Rd.
property in Middletown.

Click on image for details.

To learn more about the
Battle of South Mountain
(including detailed maps) click here...

December 31, 2014: Dominion fails noise level...
DTI noise tests at the Myersville Compressor facility found noise levels higher than those allowed by law. Dominion will install additional "noise control(s)" by 11/1/15 and retest within 60-days after installation.

There is no mention about how (or if) this will impact DTI's application to add a second compressor at the Myersville facility.

Read DTI's FERC filing here...

November 18, 2014: Dominion expands in Myersville...
Just a couple of weeks after placing the Myersville Compressor station into service, Dominion has begun the FERC process to expand the Myersville facility.

Dominion has requested approval to expand the building by 75 feet and to add a second compressor at the facility.

Read the FNP article here...

June 18, 2014: FERC allows construction to proceed...
FERC grants DTI's request to begin construction of the Myersville Compressor Station and Suction/Discharge Pipelines in Frederick County, Maryland.

Read the FERC letter here...

June 12, 2014: Two significant events...

Construction of the Myersville compressor station appears to be moving forward.
  1. The Maryland Department of the environment (MDE) has issued the Permit to Construct (Air Quality Permit) to DTI.
  2. DTI requests written authorization from the Director of the Office of Energy Projects (OEP) to proceed.

Read the DTI and MDE documents here...

April 5, 2014: MCRC submits over 500 comments to MDE

MCRC continues to rally the Myersville community in their fight over the construction of a natural gas compressor station. Local officials are reported to expect construction to begin later this year.

4/5/14 FNP article: "Natural gas compressor station makes progress"

February 1, 2014: Environmental film festival...

The American Conservation Film Festival will be having a 'Best of Fest’ film event at the Weinberg Center on Saturday, February 1, 2014, starting at 7:00pm.

Three award‐winning films from the 2013 Festival will be shown at the Weinberg.
— Backyard
— The Lost Bird Project, and
— The Ends of the Earth: Alaska’s Wild Peninsula.

January 14, 2014: RALE challenges BOCC decision...

RALE - Residents Against Landsdale Expansion is a coalition of residents of Monrovia, Maryland working to keep the nature of their community small and rural, in keeping with the Comprehensive Plan for Frederick County.

Monrovia Town Center will add 1600 new homes and a huge general commercial zone to our neighborhood. The zoning has not been changed yet, but can be soon. We are working to make this fight known to our community and outside world to make a change for the better.

January 5, 2014: For the latest FredCo events...

Check out ENVISION FREDERICK COUNTY. Envision is a non-profit, non-partisan organization.

The organization is dedicated to enhancing the social, economic & environmental vitality of Frederick County. For more information visit: www.envisionfrederickcounty.org.

January 1, 2014: MCRC Newsletter...

MCRC issued an end of year newsletter that details the significant events in their fight against the Dominion Myersville compressor project.

Read the MCRC newsletter here...

 


2013

November 13, 2013: MCRC challenges FERC...

MCRC files a brief with the US Court of Appeals-DC, challenging the FERC's "Issuing Certificate" and "Request for Rehearing" relating to the proposed Myersville compressor station.

Read the brief here…

October 15, 2013: CCAN Newsletter...

From 11/5 to 12/3, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) will be holding events protesting the construction of an LNG export facility at Cove Point, MD. Each event will have music, speakers, and lots of educational activities.

Additional details here...

October 9, 2013: DTI prevails in court proceedings...

FNP article: "Court: Federal laws supersede local zoning ordinances for proposed gas compressor station in Myersville"

Read the full article here...

September 5, 2013: MCRC Newsletter...

MCRC issue a newsletter that details the significant events in their fight against Dominion.

Read the MCRC newsletter here...

August 22, 2013: New organization launched...

Recently launched ENVISION FREDERICK COUNTY is a non-profit, non-partisan organization.
The organization is dedicated to enhancing the social, economic & environmental vitality of Frederick County. For more information visit: www.envisionfrederickcounty.org.

July 31, 2013: MCRC updates...

The MCRC website has an excellent overview of the MDE Air Quality Permit process schedule. The public will have several opportunities to learn and comment during the process, beginning on 9/10/13 and tentatively ending on 7/1/2014.

Visit the MCRC website for additional details...

July 19, 2013: DTI prevails in court proceedings...

7/19/13: U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit rules in Dominion's favor upholding FERC preemption doctrine. The ruling orders the Maryland Department of the Environment to accept the air quality permit application for the Myersville compressor station.

Read the decision here...

July 16, 2013: Group to tour Myersville site...

On Friday, July 19th, a group from the 2013 Walk for Our Grandchildren will camp overnight in Myersville during its trek from Camp David to the White House to demand climate action now! The group will tour the site of the proposed natural gas compressor station in Myersville.

Read the full press release here...

 

July 15, 2013: MCRC updates...

MCRC legal counsel has filed a "Petition for Review" pertaining to the FERC decision. Also, the decision on the DTI v. Maryland Department of the Environment lawsuit is due any day.

Visit the MCRC website for additional details...

July 12, 2013: Myersville Mayor & Council...

The Myersville Mayor & Council have decided to not seek review of the FERC decision, however they will continue to defend the Town in a lawsuit brought by DTI.

Read the full statement here...

 

June 24, 2013: MCRC updates...

MCRC has been busy. Visit the MCRC website for updates on the folowing:

  • FERC Proceeding
  • Lawsuit DTI v. MDE
  • Lawsuit DTI v. Mayor and Town of Myersville

May 16, 2013: FERC rules against Myersville...

Read a summary (see page 7) of the FERC ruling here...

  • FERC denies rehearing: "C-2, Dominion Transmission, Inc., Docket No. CP12-72-001. The order denies a number of requests for rehearing of the Commission’s December 20, 2012 order authorizing Dominion Transmission, Inc.’s (DTI) Allegheny Storage Project which, as relevant here, includes a new 16,000 horsepower compressor station to be located in Myersville, Maryland."
  • FERC on preemption: "The order makes clear that the local laws and regulations upon which the Town bases its denial are preempted by the Natural Gas Act."

May 8, 2013: MCRC Newsletter for May...

MCRC issue a newsletter that details the significant events in their fight against Dominion.

Read the MCRC newsletter here...

May 7, 2013: MCRC "Media Alert"...

MCRC issues a "Media Alert" on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit case, "Dominion Transmission Inc v. Maryland Department of the Environment". Oral arguments begin on May 14th.

Read the MCRC media alert here...

April 4, 2013: MCRC update...

MCRC (Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community) has distributed their March newsletter. The newsletter gives updates on the two lawsuits and news about what MCRC is doing to stop the construction of the compressor station in Myersville.

Read it here...

February 21, 2013: DTI filing with FERC

2/21/13: Implementation Plan for Docket No. CP12-72-000 which includes detailed maps and mitigation information for the Myersville compressor site.

View it here...

February 19, 2013: DTI vs MDE court proceedings...

2/19/13: U.S. Court of Appeals - D.C. Circuit grants motion for expedited briefing schedule. Oral arguments set for May 2013.

Read it here...

February 15, 2013: DTI filing with FERC

2/15/13: Implementation Plan for Docket No. CP12-72-000 which includes the Myersville compressor site. Read it here...

Appendix 3 (Page 37) is the construction schedule which includes the following for the Myersville site:
— March 2014: Construction begins
— December 2014: Compressor station in operation

February 11, 2013: FERC grants rehearing request...
"In order to afford additional time for consideration of the matters raised or to be raised, rehearing of the Commission’s order is hereby granted for the limited purpose of further consideration, and timely-filed rehearing requests will not be deemed denied by operation of law."

Read the FERC order here...

February 6, 2013: Dominion sues MDE <updated>

2/6/13 FNP article: "Company files second lawsuit for gas compressor station"

"The lawsuit against the MDE is a procedural step to establish that the department can review and process the utility company's air permit without a zoning permit from Myersville..." View filing here...

February 4, 2013: Dominion files with FERC

DTI argues that the FERC should deny a rehearing for the Myersville compressor site and make clear to Myersville officials, MCRC and MDE that preemption is settled law.
Read it here...

A few notable sections:

— From page 2: "Their position should be rejected, because it stands the doctrine of preemption on its head, and would subject the Commission’s plenary authority over the siting of interstate natural gas pipeline facilities to local rules and authorities..."

— From page 10: "MCRC and the Town, however, seek to turn the doctrine of preemption on its head, so that the Myersville Council would preempt the Commission in the matter of the Myersville Compressor Station."

— From page 12: "In response to the requests for rehearing, the Commission should reemphasize that the Myersville Council is preempted from relying on local zoning and land use regulations to deny DTI’s application to construct the Myersville Compressor Station."

February 2, 2013: Dominion sues Myersville <updated>

2/1/13 FNP article: "DTI files suit against Myersville on compressor station"

"Dominion Transmission Inc. filed suit Friday in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, saying that the town erred in denying an application to build on a site near Milt Summers and Myersville roads." View filing here...

January 28, 2013: MDE, DTI and MCRC...

Interesting discussion on FERC's preemption authority. Sounds like MDE's position is to let the FERC or the courts decide.
1/16/13 from DTI to MDE: Read it here...
"It is DTI's position that the FERC Order preempts the Town of Myersville from applying its local zoning to prohibit or delay the Project."

1/17/13: from MDE to MCRC: Read it here...
"With regard to the question of FERC's preemptive authority, the Department is without authority to make binding determinations on the scope of federal preemption as it relates to zoning and land use requirements. The application of local zoning requirements to the proposed project is for Myersville, FERC and the applicant to decide, or failing that, for resolution ultimately by the courts."

January 23, 2013: MCRC requests to the FERC... <updated>

Impressively, the MCRC has organized over 15 "Requests for Rehearing" submissions. Go to the FERC eLibrary site, and search "Docket Number: CP12-72" to see all of the submissions.

Most of the requests make the argument that the Myersville site is not suitable for a compressor station.

A few submissions want FERC to "require DTI reconsider its option regarding site 5 (Middletown)", such as these:

From page 3 of this submission: Referring to the Middletown site, "... DTI already owns the land that it needs. Furthermore, DTI should easily obtain the required Air Quality permit from the MDE since there would not be any town zoning laws to contend with."

From page 9 of this submission: "If an explosion occurred at the Middletown site, there may be a few more homes in the 0.5 mile radius, but there are far less homes in a 2 mile evacuation radius, as well as no town center and emergency center, and no critical infrastructure to the local town."

From page 4 of Myersville's Town Gov. request: "... the proposed Myersville site is near “light industrial” areas, the use is not permitted under Town zoning, whereas the proposed Marker Road site in Middletown is considered permissible by grant of special exception within the Agricultural zoning district under the applicable Frederick County zoning code."

From page 5 of this submission: "FERC erred in its determination that the Middletown site is an inappropriate site for the compressor station. FERC did not give the Middletown location fair consideration. The previous board of Frederick County Commissioners opposed the Middletown site, however FERC has not heard from the current Board on their stand of the Middletown location."

January 22, 2013: MCRC files with FERC for Rehearing

MCRC (Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community) FERC filing requests a rehearing of the FERC decision (December 2012) to authorize DTI's construction of the Myersville compressor station.

Read the request here...

January 18, 2013: MDE says "NO" to DTI...

FNP 1/18/13 article: Plan for gas compressor in Myersville hits roadblock.

Some big news for the MCRC and the Myersville community...

According to the FNP article, "The Maryland Department of the Environment will not process Dominion Transmission Inc.'s application for an air quality permit needed to build a gas compressor in Myersville."

January 16, 2013: DTI files for air quality permit...

12/21/12:
DTI submits application to MDE (MD Depart. of the Environment) for compressor Air Quality Permit.
DTI lawyer attempts to explain why Myersville's rejection of DTI's zoning application must not be considered during the MDE application process. Their argument is that "The FERC rules over all". Read it here...

January 14, 2013: Myersville next steps...

Gazette 1/11/13 article: "Myersville to fight compressor station approval"

This article gives a good overview of the FERC process, and includes the following:

  • Myersville has until January 22 to request a FERC re-hearing
  • FERC then has 30 days to respond to the Myersville request
  • If FERC reverses its decision, there would be another hearing within 30 days
  • If FERC affirms its decision, Myersville would have to take the issue to the U.S. Court of Appeals

January 9, 2013: Re-hearing request...

Myersville mayor and council decides to submit a request to the FERC to rehear the case for the Myersville compressor station.

FNP 1/9/13 article: "Myersville moves to hear compressor case"

 

January 7, 2013: Re-hearing decision update...

Myersville mayor and council will hold a meeting on January 8th to decide if the city government should file a request with the FERC to rehear the case against the Myersville compressor station.

It is anticipated that if the city government decides against the rehearing request, the MCRC organization will continue to move forward with their rehearing request.

FNP 1/3/13 article: "Myersville looks at second hearing on compressor"

MCRC (Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community) have until January 20, 2013 to request a rehearing.


2012

December 20, 2012: FERC Approves Myersville Site...

FERC approves, with conditions, new interstate natural gas pipeline and storage facilities.

C-3, Dominion Transmission, Inc., Docket No. CP12-72-000. The order authorizes, with conditions, Dominion’s proposal to construct and operate compression, pipeline, and storage facilities located in Frederick County, Maryland...

View the complete document here...

Some areas of interest in the 56-page FERC ruling:
  • Page 5, Section 12: Notice, Interventions & Comments
  • Page 6, Section 20 to 29
  • Page 17, Section 47 to 66: Environmental Analysis
  • Page 22, Section 67: Myersville's denial of DTI's zoning request
  • Page 49, section 162: Conclusion and approval of the "certificate of public convenience" for the Myersville site.

MCRC (Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community) will now have 30 days to contest the ruling and request a rehearing.

December 20, 2012: FERC to rule on Myersville location

FERC to rule on the certificate (CP12-72) for the Myersville compressor station THIS Thursday (12/20/12). The FERC meeting starts @ 10:00 am and will be webcast live. View the agenda and webcast details here...

If the FERC grants Dominion the certificate, MCRC will have 30 days to request a rehearing.

December 12, 2012: MCRC filing with FERC <revised>

In the FERC filing, Franz Gerner, President of MCRC compares the Marker Rd. site in Middletown to the Myersville site.

One of his conclusions is: " ...the view shed of the site in Middletown, where there were great concerns about the impact of a gas compressor at that location, would be significantly less impacted..." than the Myersville site.

Read the full comparison here...

November 26, 2012: Fox Tavern Photos

From the Maryland Historical Trust:

Historic John Fox Tavern description and photos (including interior photos) from the Maryland Historical Trust State Historic Sites Inventory. View the document here...

November 21, 2012: MCRC filing with FERC

From the MCRC filing: "We have noticed numerous errors in the documentation of Docket CP12-72. These errors reflect carelessness or perhaps even
intentional miss-leading on the part of DTI to the detriment of the numerous intervenors to properly perform research and analysis." View it here...

November 19, 2012: South Mountain Battlefield

Great photos and history of our area from the historians and the Civil War Reenactor community!

Check out the "Friends of South Mountain Battlefield" FaceBook page here...

And their website here...

November 15, 2012: MCRC filings with FERC

11/14/12: MCRC (Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community) FERC filing compares Myersville compressor station vs 40 mile pipeline loop. View it here...

11/15/12: MCRC files formal reply to DTI's "motion to dismiss". View it here...

November 6, 2012: MCRC files response with FERC

MCRC files response with FERC to the "historical study" section of DTI's Environmental Assessment.

Download warning this document is 13MB. View it here...

October 13, 2012: MCRC files petition with FERC

The MCRC petition was signed by an impressive 650 citizens opposing the Myersville location. It is worth downloading and reading the MCRC introduction to the petitions.

View the introduction here...

The writer makes the following argument:
"The public opposition from Myersville (estimated population of 1,650) was over 600 opposition letters representing over 700 citizens sent to FERC for PF11-9 scoping which reflects about 42% of the Myersville population. That is more than four times the estimated 184 opposition letters sent from Middletown (estimated population 3,000) which reflects just 6% of the Middletown population."

You can download the entire 26 MB petition here...

October 12, 2012: News from Dominion

The Dominion lawyers file their response to the Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community (MCRC) "Motion to Dismiss".

View the DTI response here...

I'm guessing that it is now up to FERC to make a ruling... but I could be wrong.

October 1, 2012: MCRC files "Motion to Dismiss"

Myersville Citizens for a Rural Community (MCRC) files with the FERC a "Motion to Dismiss" DTI's application to build a compressor station in Myersville. The "Motion to Dismiss" relies on the fact that "the Myersville Council denied DTI’s request for a zoning variance for the project which is a prerequisite to obtaining the necessary air quality permits for construction and operation of the compressor station."

Read it here...

August 28, 2012: Myersville responds to Dominion

Town of Myersville submits an explanation to the FERC why Dominion's application requesting approval of a Master Plan was rejected. Read it here...

August 8, 2012:
Five South Mountain Battlefield sites preserved!

Maryland Department of Natural Resources press release...
— 8/6/12: Civil War Trust Preserves over 150 Acres of Core Battlefield Land in Frederick County
Civil War Trust President James Lighthizer... “Without this project, the land could be developed into commercial or residential properties. Now our history will be preserved for generations to come.”

And the coverage from the Frederick News Post...
— 8/8/12: FNP article: State to provide nearly $1M for Civil War site preservation

Background:
The "Civil War Trust" was formerly known as the "Civil War Preservation Trust"

In March of 2009 and again in May of 2010, the Civil War Preservation Trust recognized South Mountain Battlefield and Fox's Tavern as one of the 10 most endangered battlefields in the United States in their "History Under Siege" report.

August 2, 2012:

Myersville Town Council rules on Dominion's application.
— 8/2/12: FNP article: Myersville council rejects gas compressor station application.

"The Town Council will formalize its opinion in writing, publicize it on the town's website and send a copy to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which has final say on the project.
Spokesman Daniel E. Donovan said DTI will wait for the council's written opinion.
"But to be clear, there's a need for this facility for the county and the state," Donovan said."

July 11, 2012:

Myersville Town Council to discuss (and vote on?) the Planning Commission recommendation at a public hearing.
— 7/11/12: FNP article: Myersville sets gas compressor hearing

" The Town Council on Tuesday agreed to hold a public hearing Aug. 1 to discuss an application to amend the town's master plan to allow construction of a proposed 16,000-horsepower gas compressor station."

June 27, 2012:

Myersville Planning Commission recommendation to the Town Council.
— 6/27/12: FNP article: Commission recommends denial of gas compressor

"The Myersville Planning Commission will submit its recommendation to the Town Council, listing the rationale for their decision at the July 10 public meeting. The council will discuss the recommendation at its Aug. 1 public hearing."

June 15, 2012: FERC issues EA on Myersville site.

Note: The FERC environmental assessment linked below is over 16MB.
6/15/12: FERC prepared environmental assessment (EA) for DTI's Allegheny Storage Project.

This is a long document that will require careful review. To read a quick summary, go to the "Table of Contents" and click on the following sections:

  • C. Alternatives: This section outlines the plusses and minuses of all of the Frederick County compressor station sites under consideration.
  • D. Conclusions & Recommendations: The FERC staff recommendations and mitigation requirements.

Followup: FNP article on the FERC EA report
— 6/16/12: "Report supports approving Myersville compressor station"

June 14, 2012: Fracking updates...

Article on NY fracking regs, with a summary of fracking status in other states.
— 6/13/12: "New York is set to join fracking-friendly states, within limits"

Recent article in the Frederick News Post:
— 6/12/12: "Maryland gas-drilling panel’s report deadline extended"

According to the Myersville citizen's group, the FERC is supposed to release their "Environmental Assessment" report tomorrow for public comment. You can view Dominion's application and other relevant documents on the Myersville Town website, here...

June 6, 2012: Smarter phones in Frederick County!

Have a smart phone?

Download the healthy streams app and help document sediment and nutrient pollution entering our streams and rivers.

Don't have a smart phone?
It's ok, you can still participate.

To learn more contact Julien at Friends of Frederick County for instructions.
email: friends@friendsoffrederickcounty.org
phone: 240.529.1655

June, 2012: Your BOCC working for you?

May 22, 2012:
BOCC President Blaine Young's press release celebrates the "de-fanging" of "PlanMaryland"! View here...

May 24, 2012:
FNP article, "County happy governor ‘de-fangs’ PlanMaryland- But state officials say common sense gone"

June 1, 2012: Oops, maybe the BOCC celebration was premature...
FNP article, "State again condemns county's land-use plan"

Here's the May 30, 2012 letter that the Maryland Department of Planning sent to the Frederick County Division of Planning suggesting that our BOCC's plan to allow for additional development in rural areas "may impact Frederick County's Certification" and cost our county $$$.

Interestingly when I tried to link to the original May 22nd press release (linked above) on the County's website, I could no longer find it posted there. Fortunately I had saved a copy.

May 23, 2012: Planning & Zoning

With all of the recent news about the Myersville compressor site AND the 190+ rezoning applications meant to roll back the Frederick County Comprehensive Plan… it is a reminder that YOU need to let your state and local representatives know what is important to protect in your community.

The video “The fracking frontline: a tale of two Pennsylvanias” is a cautionary example of what can happen when you remain silent…

 

April 11, 2012: News from Myersville

Recent article in the Frederick News Post:
— 4/11/12: "Myersville receives application for compressor station"

You can view Dominion's application and other relevant documents on the Myersville Town website, here...

March 15, 2012: News from Myersville

Recent articles in the Frederick News Post:
— 3/12/12: "Group to meet on proposed compressor station"
— 3/14/12: "Myersville to receive compressor station application"
— 3/15/12: "Myersville residents voice opposition to gas compressor"

February 24, 2012: News from Dominion

DTI has submitted their formal application to the FERC for the Myersville compressor station. The new Docket number is: CP12-72-000

The Myersville community is working on scheduling a civic meeting to discuss their next steps.

View the abbreviated FERC filing here...

January 24, 2012: BOCC Meeting about Middletown

On Tuesday, January 24th the County Commissioners will hear new rezoning proposals for Walkersville, Thurmont and Middletown in their attempt to reverse the 2010 comprehensive plan.

When: Tuesday, 1/24/12 at 6:00 pm
Where: Winchester Hall, Frederick

This consideration is being done to fulfill campaign promises and to increase property values for some land owners. Learn more here...

 


2011

December 14, 2011: FERC

Dominion has recently posted the following two documents associated with the FERC process for the Myersville compressor station site:

November 15, 2011:

With Friends of Frederick County in the lead, the Audubon Society of Central Maryland, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and 29 individual Frederick County residents filed a complaint today, November 15, 2011, in Frederick County Circuit Court.

Thecomplaint asks the Court to declare the BoCC’s efforts to amend the County’s 2010 Comprehensive Zoning Plan and Zoning Map unlawful.

To learn more visit www.friendsoffrederickcounty.org.

November 7, 2011: Myersville

On Monday, November 7, 2011, several hundred concerned individuals attended the FERC scoping meeting in Myersville to express their concerns regarding the proposed Allegheny Storage Project in Myersville.

The scoping period will continue through November 23rd and anyone wishing to submit testimony may do so through the eFiling feature at www.ferc.gov under the link to Documents and Filings.

Be sure to include docket #PF11-9-000 on all correspondence.

October 25, 2011: FERC Meeting Scheduled for 11/7

The FERC Scoping Meeting for the DTI project in Myersville has been scheduled for November 7th at the Myersville Firehall.

When: November 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm
Where: 301 Main Street Myersville, MD (in the Myersville Volunteer Fire House)

The FERC meeting provides an opportunity for the public to comment (on the record) about the proposed DTI project.

September 24 2011:

Unlike PA, Maryland is taking a more sane approach to hydro-fracking.

Read more below...

September 21 2011:

Please stop by the CPMV Booth during Middletown Heritage Days, Sat. 9/24.

We’ll be located close to the Living History/Civil War Encampment site, near the Cemetery. Learn about the latest developments with the Dominion Gas Compressor Station.

September 20, 2011: NEWS FROM DOMINION

The public "Open House" for Myersville is scheduled for Monday, September 26th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 301 Main Street Myersville, MD in the Myersville Volunteer Fire House

This "Open House" will allow citizens to become informed about the revised Dominion plans for the Gas Compressor Station.

FERC will also be in attendance.

August 20, 2011: NEWS FROM DOMINION

The Open House meeting in Myersville will no longer take place on August 23rd.

DTI is working with local stakeholders in Myersville to determine a new, more suitable date for the meeting.

August 5, 2011: CANCELLED!

As part of the FERC Pre-Filing process for the proposed Myersville compressor site, Dominion will schedule an informational Open House.

When: August 23rd (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
Where: 301 Main Street Myersville, MD (in the Myersville Volunteer Fire House)

This event will be open to members of the community and will provide them with a chance to learn about the proposed project.

July 19, 2011:

Dominion Transmission, Inc. (DTI) submitted their request to use the Pre-Filing process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its’ proposed Allegheny Storage Project.

DTI is proposing to build a new compressor station on Commercial/Industrial land in Myersville, Maryland.

Read more here…

July 14, 2011:
TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange) endorses The Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Elimination Act of 2011. Read more here...



June 2, 2011: NEWS FROM DOMINION TRANSMISSION

This week Dominion Transmission, Inc. (DTI) contacted the CPMV to advise us that they are announcing a new project (The Allegheny Storage Project) requiring facilities in Maryland, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

View their announcement here...

Included in this project will be the construction of a natural gas compressor station in the Frederick County area. DTI will begin the formal “Pre-Filing” process with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in July 2011.

DTI also advised the CPMV they have identified an industrial property as their preferred site but until such time as this alternate site is reviewed and approved by the FERC, they will not remove the property on Marker Road from consideration.

May 24, 2011: CPMV and The Sierra Club will be showing the award winning documentary GASLAND. Click here for a preview...

When: Tuesday May 24, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM

Where: Christ Reformed Church (12 S. Church St., Middletown)

Why: Due to "fracking", we are experiencing the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history... and it is coming to Maryland.

Is Hydro Fracking Safe?

You decide...

After the showing we will have members from Maryland Sierra Club and the CPMV summarize their concerns and positions on this subject and will then open up the floor for comments and questions.

May 7, 2011:

The CPMV will be participating in the May Festival in Coblentz Park

Come and join us for a day in the park.

More exciting news to come in May…keep your sights on the CPMV site!

 



April 25, 2011:
Threat to Fox’s Tavern and South Mountain Battlefield recognized in article in The Baltimore Sun. Read page two for CPMV quotes.

Industry encroaches on Maryland's Civil War battlefields.

March 2011: Where has the CPMV been lately?

March 8, 2011 – CPMV met with Brookridge Book Club at the Main Cup for a lively discussion about the status of the Dominion compressor station and future CPMV educational events.

March 2011 – The Maryland Campaign committee for the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of South Mountain had its first meeting and the CPMV continues to serve on the steering committee.  Watch of more information.

March 24, 2011 – CPMV attends launch event of Envision Frederick County (visit them on Facebook)


February / March, 2011:
Maryland State Government – What have they been doing?

The Natural Resources – Rural Legacy Areas – Prohibited Uses (HB 1241) was introduced and supported by the CPMV.

The Marcellus Shale Safe Drilling Act of 2011:
House Bill 852
SENATE BILL 634

Maryland lawmakers are warned of natural gas drilling woes in Pennsylvania.
Read about it here...

CPMV wrote testimony in support of this legislation.
Read it here...


February 10, 2011:
CPMV Welcomes new members to the Board of Directors

  • Audrey Scanlan-Teller, an avid Civil War Re-enactor and active CPMV supporter
  • Ned Hallein – significant land owner and preservationist


2010

November 2, 2010:
New Board of County Commissioners elected to serve the County – Be sure to stay abreast of the activities taking place in our County Government.  Attend Public Hearings and give testimony of issues of concern. 

Visit here for the schedule of hearings...  

To view hearings from your home, visit here...

September 2010 – April 2011: Some stories that caught our attention...

Across the Country, pipeline accidents continue to wreak havoc. 

Could this happen to Middletown?

 

September 9, 2010 - San Bruno, California, eight people killed and dozens of homes were destroyed … Read more.

September 28, 2010 – Cairo, Georgia.  I crew member killed, 3 others injured… read more.

November 12, 2010 – Monroe, Louisiana.Three men working on natural gas lines were injured… read more.

December 14, 2010 – Lockport, Illinois.  Pipeline leaks crude oil near wetlands… read more.

December 17, 2010 – Corpus Christi, Texas.  Gas line fire and explosion leaves one person critically injured… read more.

December 28, 2010 – Covington, Mississippi.  Pipeline at an underground gas storage facility leaks forcing the evacuation of families... read more.

January 24, 2011 – Fairport Harbor, Ohio.   Gas pressure regulators failed causing a pressure surge; causing gas fires resulting in 7 homes being destroyed.  Dominion East Ohio… read more.

February 10, 2011 – Allentown, Pennsylvania.  Five people killed, 8 homes… read more... and additional reporting here.

March 17, 2011 – Minneapolis, Minnesota.  A natural gas line running through a neighborhood ruptured and gas ignited causing evacuations and the closing of an interstate highway... read more.

September 25, 2010:

It was great seeing everyone at the Middletown
Heritage Festival!

We had the drawing for the donated prizes... and the winners are:

  • Dolores Kays won the basket of local wines
  • Rich Maranto won the ice bucket and champagne
  • Earl Mayne won a copy of the book "Battle of South Mountain"
  • Brian Kurtyka won a copy of the book "Battle of South Mountain"

Please contact Elizabeth to claim your prize.



September 15, 2010:
The primary election is history. The ten candidates for County Commissioner (five Republican, five Democrat) have been determined.

View their responses to our questions about growth and the proposed compressor station here...


General Election: November 2, 2010

September 7, 2010:
CPMV sent the following questions to candidates for local office:

  1. Do you support the current Comprehensive Plan? Please explain.
  2. Do you think that Frederick County needs to grow beyond what is planned for in the 2010 Comprehensive Plan? Please explain.
  3. Please state your position on the Dominion Transmission Inc. purchase and planned development (gas compressor station) of 135 acres of historic, agricultural land in Middletown Valley.
  4. If elected, please list your top three priorities for the next four years.

View their responses here...

Remember to vote. Your Vote Counts!

Primary Election: September 14, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

September 1, 2010: CPMV Event Update

Please join us for a casual evening of networking with your neighbors on September 19th. Your attendance will help support our all-volunteer effort to preserve Middletown Valley. Purchase your tickets here before September 12th.

Special thanks to local winery Frederick Cellars for providing a wine tasting at our event and to HOME at Braddock Inn for providing a great space.

 

When: September 19, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: 4830 Schley Ave., Braddock Heights, MD
Cost: $20/person, includes light fare, wine tasting (provided by Frederick Cellars), presentations, conversation and support for CPMV. (cash bar)

Purchase your tickets or donate here.



August 20, 2010: CPMV Event Update

As part of our effort to promote buying local, all business attendees at our September 19th event will receive a 20% discount on advertising on the www.CPMV.org community website.

During the first quarter of 2010, the CPMV website received 50,907 "hits", with 8,245 "page views' from 3,659 visitors.

This is a very economical way to show your support and help preserve Middletown Valley.

Purchase tickets here.



July 7, 2010: CPMV "Meet and Greet" Event

Join the CPMV and your neighbours for a "Meet and Greet" at the "HOME at Braddock Inn" restaurant, on Sunday evening September 19th. More details to follow.

When: September 19, 2010
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: 4830 Schley Ave., Braddock Heights, MD
Cost: $20/person, includes light fare, presentations, conversation and support for CPMV. (cash bar)

Purchase tickets here.



June 22, 2010: Middletown Living History / Preservation Encampment Planned

The Citizens for the Preservation of Middletown Valley (CPMV) will be participating in the Middletown
Heritage Festival scheduled for Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, by engaging in a Civil War Living History/Preservation Encampment.

Details and sign-up form here...




May 13, 2010:
While the CPMV would rather not be on any "lists" and we would rather see the potential, lingering unknown threat from DTI go away... at least we can be proud that we are making the news. The most recent publicity has come from an Associated Press News Feed on May 13th.

We’ve now hit the National Press Circuit! Readers all over the US. may be reading about the desecrating that is going on in these rural areas. Read an article from the Wyoming Tribune Eagle that lists the threat to South Mountain.

I wonder how DTI likes the national coverage?

May 13, 2010:
The CPMV wishes to thank the Civil War Preservation Trust for their continued support in our efforts to preserve the land of the Middletown Valley.

For the second year in a row, South Mountain Battlefield and Fox's Tavern have been recognized in the 2010 "History Under Siege" report as one of the 10 most endangered battlefields in the United States.

Do you think the Board of Trustees of Dominion Transmission is aware of this recognition?

Read the press release here.

March 27, 2010: CPMV Holds "Listening Session"

Stop by for a few minutes on your way into town, have some coffee, meet your fellow CPMV'ers, show your support, pick up a CPMV sign, and discuss local issues including the "Middletown Compressor Station".

When: Saturday, March 27th from 9 to 11 am
Where: The Main Cup, 14 West Main Street, Middletown


March 23, 2010: This family lives near a Dominion compressor station in Ohio. In the videos below, the compressor station looks to be about 1/2 mile away from their home. If this doesn't make you angry... nothing will!!

Click the links below to view...

Video 1: Dominion compressor station noise from the family's front yard.

Video 2: Dominion East Ohio Compressor station noise from inside and outside of the family's home at 5:00 AM!!!

Video 3: Dominion East Ohio Compressor station noise during the day.


Share your thoughts / impressions on the CPMV forum.

March 13, 2010: CPMV Holds "Listening Session"

Stop by for a few minutes on your way into town, have some coffee, meet your fellow CPMV'ers, show your support, pick up a CPMV sign, and discuss local issues including the "Middletown Compressor Station".

When: Saturday, March 13th from 9 to 11 am
Where: The Main Cup, 14 West Main Street, Middletown



March 11, 2010: The John Fox tavern was selected by Preservation Maryland as one of the 11 most endangered sites in Maryland. Read the CPMV press release here...

The announcement and article appear in the March/April issue of Maryland Life Magazine. Read the article here...

Without the talents of our friend and new board member, Kathryn Ruud, this would not have been possible. Read Kathryn's submission to the site selection committee here...


March 6, 2010: The CPMV would like to invite you to learn more about the "greening" of our community.

When: Wed., March 10 @ 7pm
Where: The MET, 31 W. Patrick St.

Beginning March 10th at the Maryland Ensemble Theater, Imagine Frederick will be presenting a series of films promoting economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Details here...



February 24, 2010:
Did you know the CPMV was established in 2008 and that the threat by Dominion Transmission to Middletown Valley still looms?

Changes have taken place on the Board of the CPMV and Elizabeth Bauer is now the President. We would like to thank Rich Maranto for serving as President for the last two years and look forward to his continuing support as a volunteer.

Listening sessions are coming on Saturday, March 13th and Saturday, March 27th from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. Read on…

February 1, 2010:
By now you may have heard the exciting news. CPMV has a new President, Elizabeth Bauer and a new addition to the board, Kathryn Ruud.

My two-year term as president of CPMV is complete.

Click here to ready my farewell letter.

Rich

January 13, 2010: If you ever wondered what a Dominion compressor station sounds like, you NEED to view these recently uploaded YouTube videos!!!

Click the links below to view...

Video 1: Dominion compressor station noise problem.

Video 2: Dominion East Ohio Compressor station blow-downs gas venting noise problems



Share your thoughts / impressions on the CPMV forum.

January 7, 2010: If you are interested in how Middletown AND Frederick County will grow over the next decade, they you should attend this Open House!

Open House: Countywide Comprehensive Plan

When: Thursday January 7 from 5-8 PM
Where: Middletown High School

Planning staff will be available to answer questions and there will be maps on display.


Public Comments will be accepted through January 19, 2010.
You can view the DRAFT Comprehensive Plan here.


2009

December 9, 2009: A CPMV supporter alerted us to this NPR story.

"Health Issues Follow Natural Gas Drilling In Texas"
(7 min. 18 sec.) PLEASE LISTEN!

The section of the story detailing what it is like living near a compressor station should be of particular interest to the Middletown community. Check the "Dominion... any news?" forum for additional information.

The additional information about gas drilling linked below was supplied by another CPMV supporter:
Gas Contaminants Chart | Hydraulic Fracturing | Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals

November 12, 2009:
CPMV Board of Directors meeting at the Main Cup in Middletown. Some of the issues on the agenda:
— 2009 financial report.
— Wrap up and debrief of CPMV 2009 projects.
— Website statistics report.
— Goals and projects for 2010.
Officers for 2010. Per CPMV bylaws, officers serve one year terms. No officer may serve more than two consecutive terms in the same officer position. We established these bylaws so that there would be an orderly, sustainable, transition of leadership at CPMV that involves a broad cross-section of our community... stay tuned for some exciting news in 2010!


October 15, 2009:
Proceeds ($390) from the Union Civil War re-enactors road march past the Dominion property on 9/12/09 were donated to the non-profit Civil War Preservation Trust. Special thanks to all of those who supported this effort, especially the march coordinator Audrey Scanlan-Teller.

 

September 30, 2009:
The winner of the Heritage Day's raffle for an autographed copy of Curtis Older's book "The Braddock Expedition..." is Brendan Bauer. Brendan bought $15 worth of raffle tickets! The winning ticket was #22. Thanks for supporting CPMV!

September 26, 2009:

Stop by our booth at Middletown Heritage Days and say hello!

We'll have:

  • Yard signs available.
  • A raffle for an autographed copy of Curtis Older's book "The Braddock Expedition...". Curt is a direct descendant of the Fox family who owned the Fox Inn in the 1800's.
  • Updates on Dominion's Middletown compressor station.

September 12, 2009:
Union Civil War re-enactors held a very successful road march past the Dominion property on 9/12/09. Click here to view photos.
— FNP Article: "Re-enactors march to preserve farmland"


Click here to view photos from the event

September 8, 2009:
Union Civil War re-enactors will hold a road march past the Dominion property on 9/12/09. Schedule and details here...

We need YOUR support!!
We will meet the reenactors at their half-way point rest stop and show our appreciation for their effort. There will also be a brief presentation.

Where: Hawk Hill Farm (2330 Marker Rd.). See the map.
When: Saturday, Sept. 12th from 8:30am to 9:30 am.
Why: Send a message that we choose to preserve our valley.

There is plenty of parking, but please bring your friends and neighbors along with you. We'd like to get a head count, so please reply directly to me at: rich@cpmv.org

August 15, 2009: Main Cup (Middletown)
— Listening Session form 9:00 am to 11:00 am
— Sign pick up!
— Volunteer to help with CPMV's September events! For details, contact Donna.

August 2, 2009:
— FNP commentary (8/2) by Rich Maranto: Dominion, Photos vs. Spin
CPMV's letter to Carolyn Moss, DTI's Managing Dir. of State Government Affairs
CPMV's press release about the 9/12/09 Civil War re-enactor's march

July 24, 2009:
FNP article (7/18), History endangered: Natural gas line proposed in historic valley. According to DTI spokesperson Bob Fulton, the compressor station "would be about the size of a medium-sized barn". Really?


Click here to see DTI's two closest compressor stations. Each of these facilities support four gas turbine compressor units. In a November 2007 public meeting a DTI representative stated that this size is a standard build-out that should be expected for the Marker Rd. property.

July 23, 2009:
The A.C. Jetts annexation petition that was to be discussed at a public hearing on Monday (7/27) has been withdrawn. It appears that the reason they withdrew it was because it was likely to be rejected. If the annexation petition was rejected the company would have to wait a full year before re-applying. By withdrawing they can re-apply whenever they want. Here's the revised agenda for the 7/27 meeting.

July 20, 2009:
Frederick County DRAFT Comprehensive Plan: Public hearings will conclude this Wednesday (7/22) for those already signed up to speak. This plan will determine how Frederick County grows during the next several years. It is worth a look:

  • Comprehensive Plan Document - the text document associated with the Public Hearing Draft Plan
  • Land Use Plan Map - The accompanying comprehensive Land Use Plan Map - LARGE file size, please be patient. Best printed at 24×32.
  • General Plan Map - A generalized version of future land use for Frederick County. Best printed at 18×24.
  • Community Growth Area Maps - These maps illustrate the changes from the Current Adopted Comprehensive Plan and the Public Hearing Draft Plan. Best printed at 11×17
  • Water Resources Element Draft Plan
  • Priority Preservation Areas - These maps identify areas within the County where there is a priority to retain an agricultural landscape. For more information please see Preserving Our Agricultural & Rural Community

Copies of these documents are also available on CD at the Division of Planning Office.

Check out the Mid-Maryland Priority Preservation Areas map. It clearly shows that Dominion's proposed site for their new industrial facility would be built on land that is:

  • part of the "Maryland Priority Preservation Area".
  • included in the "Mid-Maryland Rural Legacy Area".
  • surrounded by farms that are in the "Permanent Agricultural Preservation Easements" program.

We need to keep asking the question, "Is this an appropriate location to build an industrial facility?"

July 14, 2009:
Middletown Annexation: A public hearing will be held on Monday night, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. to dealing with the annexation of the A.C. Jets property.  Citizen comments will be recorded for the record, after which there will also be a vote by the Burgess and Commissioners that will decide the annexation petition.The meeting will be held at the Municipal Building on Main Street. See details here...

July 13, 2009:
CPMV event scheduled to highlight the historic nature of Dominion's proposed industrial site on Marker Rd. On September 12, 2009, Union Civil War re-enactors will hold a road march retracing the route taken by the 30th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Ninth Corps of the Army of the Potomac to Fox’s Gap on South Mountain.

Illustration:
Battle of South Mountain

Dominion's original project plan had construction of their industrial facility scheduled to begin in 2012, the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of South Mountain.

Can you picture Dominion's bulldozers in the middle of this scene?


Click photo to view full image

If you are a Union Civil War re-enactor and want to participate in this event, please download and complete a registration form. All proceeds from the march will be donated to the non-profit Civil War Preservation Trust.

 


June 12, 2009:
Various CPMV subcommittees are meeting to formalize plans for upcoming events. Permits for the first event have been completed. We will have an announcement in July!

May 17, 2009:
The CPMV Board discussed the great suggestions from our community and made some decisions. More to come on this exciting news…

May 1, 2009:

We have a new neighbor!

A Dominion employee just moved in to the historic John Fox Tavern. I hope that he appreciates the history of his new home.

Dominion’s “standard operating procedure” is to place one of their employees in housing on (or near) the site of their industrial facilities. In Leesburg, VA, DTI has several employees living in homes next to their two (adjacent) compressor stations. So it begins…

April 16, 2009:
Several great suggestions have been submitted for upcoming CPMV events, including:

  • A music festival, fund raiser with nationally known musicians. A local volunteer has staged this type of event for other non-profits. Her husband is a musician.
  • Participation in Heritage Days in the Fall.
  • Staging a re-enactor’s “March on South Mountain” to highlight how little Dominion Transmission knows about our community and the historic land that they have purchased on which they plan to build an industrial facility.

Thanks for all of the great suggestions AND more importantly, to all of the individuals in our community who have volunteered to make them happen! The CPMV Board will discuss each suggestion at our next meeting.

March 26, 2009:
Gazette article: Groups work to preserve two Frederick County battlefields.

March 23, 2009:
The Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) videos of the Press Event are now online. Specifically check out the Richard Dreyfuss and the Jim Lighthizer video.

March 18, 2009:
Today the John Fox Tavern site WAS SELECTED as one of this year's 10 most endangered Civil War battlefields! Click here to view the CPMV Press Release.

Academy-Award® Winning Actor Richard Dreyfuss
Helps Unveil “History Under Siege” Report at the National Press Club in Washington, DC

Photos by Bruce Guthrie

The complete report "History Under Siege™: A Guide to America’s Most Endangered Civil War Battlefields 2009" is available on the Civil War Preservation Trust website.


(above) Richard Dreyfuss talks about why preserving history matters.

(right) Rich Maranto discusses CPMV's preservation efforts with Mr. Dreyfuss.

March 16, 2009:
We learned that the John Fox tavern site was NOMINATED FOR CONSIDERATION as one of this year's most endangered Civil War battlefields. We were contacted by Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) staff during the vetting process.

We WON'T KNOW if we made the list until the CWPT's press conference on March 18, 2009 at 10:00am. View details here.

March 16, 2009:
Today we sent a letter to Carolyn J. Moss, DTI's Managing Director of State Government Affairs. In the letter we requested that Dominion provide our community with periodic updates on their plans to build a compressor station on the John Fox Tavern property. We recognize that this is not required, however in the past DTI has expressed an interest in being a “good neighbor”. We hope that this includes keeping our community informed of their plans. Read the letter here.

March 14, 2009:

How do industrial factories get permission to build in the backyard of historic properties?

The answer is... one step at a time, in small increments.

Recently, we've heard some disturbing (as yet unconfirmed) rumors that a local group might be negotiating with (and thereby supporting) Dominion, to gain access to the historic John Fox property. If you have any information, report it to: neighborhoodwatch@cpmv.org

March 12, 2009:
If the Fourth Circuit Court ruling below stands, maybe the FERC will actually consider CPMV's "FERC process improvement" that we proposed about one year ago in a meeting with the FERC and Representative Roscoe Bartlett.

As was stated in that proposal: "improvements to the FERC “pre-application” process will help to involve key stakeholders earlier in the process, will get local land use experts engaged in the project at the beginning, and will ultimately allow energy companies to select sites that are appropriate and acceptable to the local community for critical energy infrastructure projects."

March 10, 2009:

Read this very interesting review of a recent Fourth Circuit Court ruling that could be important to us.

According to the "Wind Power Law Blog", the ruling "scales back the asserted authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue permits...”.

I'm no lawyer, but it seems like this ruling would also determine which entity has jurisdiction for allowing industrial development on historic land that is in the middle of rural legacy and ag preservation areas... like the Marker Road site.

March 8, 2009:
Now that Dominion has purchased the Marker Road property and has made their intention clear, it'is going to take all of us working together to make a difference. Sometimes it is good to remember how much support there is from local politicians, local and national organizations, and our community.

March 5, 2009:
Following up on a suggestion from one of our members, we’ve been reviewing public testimony. Below are some things your neighbors have said "on the record":

"As landowners of a large tract of ground (124 acres) located next to this proposal, my husband and I are greatly concerned about quality of life issues and possible loss of our organic dairy farming livelihood, including livestock.  This project has the potential to permanently damage and thus jeopardize three farming operations, two of which are dairy farms, including our own, all of which are located directly downstream from the proposal site."
— Darrell and Ginny Wolf (FERC Letter, February 18, 2008)

"As a landowner, I depend on my well for my water source.  There is a wetland area at the bottom of this project.  This is due to many underground springs in the area.  These springs feed the stream that runs through the property.  However, it also supplies much more.  This stream is used my many farmers as a source of water for their livestock, and ponds.  Water runs downhill, as does contamination.  Pollutants int the water could be distributed into the wells of countless landowners."
— Constance J. Routzahn (FERC Letter, February 17, 2008)

March 1, 2009:
The CPMV Board learned a lot from the “Listening Sessions”. Thanks to all who participated! Big things are happening. Our next Board meeting is on the 14th and there’s a lot to discuss… one thing that we heard repeatedly was that this doesn't seem like a reasonable choice for an industrial site... What do you think?

February 24, 2009:
Check out the forum for an interesting updates about the FERC.

February 14, 2009: CPMV Holds Final "Listening Session"
The past 2 weeks have given us the opportunity to meet many new CPMV'ers!
So, we are doing it once more... stop by for a few minutes on your way into town, have some coffee, meet your fellow CPMV'ers, show your support, and discuss local issues including the "Middletown Compressor Station".
When:
Saturday, February 14, 2009 from 9 to 11 am
Where: The Main Cup, 14 West Main Street, Middletown

The Gazette published an article about our first "Listening Session". View it here.

February 17th and February 19th:
For those who are following the "WTE Incinerator" issue, the costs have increased significantly (to over $525 million) and the BOCC is looking at several potential sites for the facility (and the 350 ft. smoke stack). This facility will be a regional incinerator. Frederick County will be the destination for trash from other counties. There are a couple of important public meetings this week.
When:Tuesday, February 17, at 7 p.m. & Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m.
Where: Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, Md., 1st floor

February 2, 2009:
CPMV is now accepting ads on our website. In January we had over 18,000 hits (2,700 page views), This is a great value. Pass the word. Please click on an ad and show your support for these local companies. Click here for details on how to advertise.

January 30, 2009:
There is a good article in the Gazette by staff writer Connor Sheets. View it here. In commenting on the land purchase, Dominion spokesman Robert Fulton is quoted as saying: "In our minds, and in our studies, it was the best location, and so we purchased it in anticipation as a potential site."

January 27, 2009:
Frederick News Post article: Dominion buys property for gas project

January 22, 2009:
CPMV has conducted an exhaustive search of all publicly available documents relating to the Marker Rd. property. We have located the following:

The Marker Rd property was SOLD to Dominion!
View the details here.

Please register and comment on the CPMV forum. We use the email list from the forum to alert our community of critical events.

January 15, 2009:
A local Real Estate agent confirmed that the Marker Rd. property is NOT listed for sale in the MRIS database.

January 9, 2009:
A Dominion representative was seen on the Marker Road property meeting with the occupants of two other vehicles.

If anyone knows about this meeting or the disposition of the property, please post it on the CPMV forum, or you can report it anonymously by emailing the information to the following address: neighborhoodwatch@cpmv.org

Here are the things we know:

  • On November 3rd 2008, DTI asked FERC to terminate its pre-filing review process for the Storage Factory Project including the proposed Gas Compressor Station in Frederick County. View their "Notice of Project Suspension" here.
  • DTI's "Notice" states that when the project resumes "in a few years", DTI anticipates the need for "natural gas facilities" (plural) in Frederick County.
  • DTI has released their options on the property in Jefferson, MD and that land is back on the market.

The 2008 "Our Common Wealth" presentations on residential wind and solar, energy efficiency, and building sustainable communities, can be viewed online at the Maryland Goes Green pre-launch site: www.mdgoesgreen.com

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