Climate advocates gathered July 23 at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand to protest two proposed liquified natural gas export facilities on the Delaware River – the Gibbstown LNG Terminal in Greenwich Township, N.J., and the Penn America LNG facility in Chester, Pa.
Organized by Food and Water Watch, the event was the second time this summer environmental advocates have used the Bandstand due to its proximity to President Joe Biden’s North Shores home. The first protest, in late June, was organized by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, which launched its Defend Louisiana campaign to end liquified gas export terminals in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.
In addition to the gas export facilities, the advocates – about 50 – called on Biden to declare a climate emergency and to reject all new fossil fuel projects.
Additional groups that participated in the recent protest included Extinction Rebellion Delaware, Occupy Biden, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Center for Environmental Transformation, Delaware Riverkeeper Network, National Institute for Healthy Human Spaces Inc., and Beyond Extreme Energy.
Staying true to their word, at the conclusion of the Bandstand protest, the activists walked approximately two miles to Biden’s home in North Shores with their signs and large sturgeon. Biden wasn’t there, though, as he was in Washington, D.C., after testing positive for COVID July 21.