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Attend the May 15 MACH2 Virtual Listening Session

Graphic with May 15, 2024 Virtual Hearing

Heads up! May 15 – MACH2 Hydrogen Hub Virtual “Listening Session”

Additional Session to handle the “Overflow”!

Let’s all continue to give the Department of Energy an earful!

The Department of Energy is having a SECOND virtual Listening Session on the Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Hub (MACH2) to handle the “overflow” of speakers from the April session! Let’s all speak up!

IMPORTANT REMINDER! Sign up to speak on May 15 MACH2 hydrogen hub! Deadline to be assured a slot to speak is end of day May 12.

Their registration for the Wednesday, May 15, 6:00 pm session is here: https://bit.ly/sessionmay15

Thank you to all who turned out at the April 10 session but if you signed up and didn’t get to speak or if you weren’t able to make it that night, now is your chance to get on the record with your concerns. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) is holding this follow up public “listening session” because our communities came out in a big way and many people didn’t get to speak in April. Let’s swamp them again!

Each commenter has 4 minutes and the session is expected to close after 1 ½ hours. We are sharing some Suggested Talking Points and references to help you prepare your comment.

OCED is holding this sessions about the 7 hydrogen hubs proposed across the nation to show that the government is attempting to “engage communities”. It is important they hear from the public, particularly people who are expected to live with the hydrogen projects that they are planning to build as part of MACH2 since the MACH2 leadership has been negligent in reaching out to frontline communities for input. This was starkly illustrated at MACH2’s March 11 public meeting at the Steamfitters Hall that was designed to exclude frontline communities from attending or being part of the day’s agenda.

OCED is insisting that community engagement and benefits are the top priority in deciding whether the hydrogen hubs will actually receive the funding that has been promised. But here in the footprint of MACH2, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, there has been no opportunity for input or expression and very little information about the components of MACH2 have been made available, leaving communities in the dark. This is not new in overburdened communities, this is history repeating itself in the densely populated Delaware River region where hydrogen production facilities, pipelines, storage complexes and power plants would be built on top of stressed environmental justice communities.

For suggested talking points to support your testimony, go here.

For greater explanation of the MACH2 project, including documents and maps.

And please register now at https://bit.ly/sessionmay15 for OCED’s virtual Public Listening Session for the Mid-Atlantic H2 Hub: May 15, 2024, 6 p.m, ET.

THANK YOU for SPEAKING UP!