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NoESPL Seed Funding

$1,082 of $2,400 goal

Raised by 26 people in 9 months
A 190 mile fracked gas pipeline is proposed for Maryland's Eastern Shore, starting in Rising Sun (Cecil County), passing through all Eastern Shore counties (except for Worchester), before crossing into Virginia to end at a proposed power station in Accomack County (not built yet; we'll post more about that project as we can.) There are also rumors that this will pass through a proposed compressor station in Denton MD. 

This pipeline, like all pipelines, will cross rivers, farms, and forests, irreparably damaging the earth along the way. The areas it will "service" are not residential; in other words the pipeline is a conduit for profit for the energy companies behind it. As organizations, activists and residents in Maryland are pushing for the state to adopt clean energy sources, the powers that be are determined to squeeze every last penny of profit they can from dirty fossil fuels. Maryland has already banned the destructive practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and yet our governor continues to not only allow, but encourages fracked gas pipelines to be build, which destroy our environment. This happens under the auspice of "job creation" which has been proven false. The reason for these pipelines is profit, plain and simple.

We must stand together to stop this pipeline before it starts AND to push our lagging government to make the transition to support clean, renewable energy sources in Maryland.

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This GFM is to raise "seed" money to start an opposition campaign. Estimated initial costs, in order of importance, are:

Website x 1 year +domain=  $100 (web design, graphic design and upkeep time and expertise is being donated by a volunteer)

Yard signs x 100= $500 (approx; graphic design time and expertise are being donated by a volunteer)

Email blast capability for 1 year=$300 ($25 per month approx; this number is based off of 2000 supporters and will grow as our support base/frequency of emails increases)

Buttons X 250=$175 (approx; graphic design time and expertiese are being donated by a volunteer)

Meeting and printing costs=$200

Reimbursing travel costs for lead organizers=$125

Register as a not for profit entity with the state (so our income isn't taxable)=$125 (State DLLR fee)

Apply for 501c3 non profit status with the IRS (so donations are tax deductable for donors)=$600 (IRS fee)

Buffer:  $275

Total: $2400
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Thanks you to everyone who came door knocking on Sunday!! We had a great time, talked to some very concerned land owners and got some new, important info about the project. Our next door knock is scheduled for Sunday June 10, meet up at 11a in Rising Sun.
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Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!!
We've been able to start ordering promo items to get the word out about this pipeline. We still need to raise more before we can register as a non profit (and apply for grants), so please continue to share and tell your friends.
Items will be shipped as we are able to order them.

And please keep an eye on your email inbox for updates about actions to raise awareness.

#NoESPL!
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Thank you to those who have donated so far!

We are setting some trackable goals for the campaign, to make it easier to understand:

#1-$125: Register as a not for profit entity with the state of MD
(Board is lined up; by-laws are being written)
WE ARE $5 AWAY FROM THIS GOAL!!


#2 +$600-submit application to the IRS for non profit, tax exempt status

#3 +$100-pay for web hosting X 1 year

#4 +$500-order 100 yard signs and get them out in Rising Sun, Chesapeake City and other north eastern shore areas

#5 +$175-Order buttons and stickers
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Raised by 26 people in 9 months
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Sierra Welling
3 months ago
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Robert C Ladner
3 months ago
$25
Melody Sciarratta
3 months ago
$100
Kim Gravatt
3 months ago
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$10
Ruth Saff
4 months ago
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$10
Mary Hadcock
4 months ago
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Rachel Girshick
4 months ago
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