Do you know that the fossil fuel industry is trying to build massive fracked gas projects in our state? These include a massive Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility in Tacoma, and the world’s largest fracked gas-to-methanol refinery in Kalama, right along the banks of the Columbia River. If built, the Kalama methanol refinery would become the state’s largest climate polluter by 2025.
Fracked gas projects also include an expanded pipeline in Snohomish County, which puts at risk 15 streams and the salmon that spawn in them. Water quality for local homeowners is also likely to suffer, as most of the route runs through an EPA designated aquifer.
Ending the use of fracked gas is the next big climate fight. The process of fracking involves injecting toxic chemicals into the earth, which can leak into the groundwater and contaminate our drinking water, endangering our health. After extraction, fracking continues to be deadly and environmentally-damaging– from pipeline explosions to the greenhouse gases produced by transporting and burning it. Fracked gas is destructive from extraction to consumption.
Governor Inslee has championed policies to limit climate pollution and promote clean energy, but he has yet to publicly oppose fracked gas infrastructure projects proposed for the state. He needs to hear from you!