Letter to the editor: Fracked gas a concern in our state and county


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!

Marjie Fields

2 Replies to “Letter to the editor: Fracked gas a concern in our state and county”

  1. Thank you Marjie for this article. I wasn’t aware we had fracking so close to home. Natural gas is cleaner than using coal and you know how we hate the coal trains coming through Edmonds. However, the methods used to get to the gas is not good. Everyone, do your homework on the subject. I found Yale Climate Connections on Google. This site goes into detail regarding the pros and cons of fracking. Very scary.


  2. We had an attempt to introduce fracking in the small town in BC where I used to spend the summer. The experimental installation on a neighbor’s property was disastrous in terms of pollution and sterilizing a large area around the well. We united against it and won, helped by drops in the market. But the number of property owners who were willing to allow in multiple stations, with the accompanying roads, pipes and wires was discouraging – and all for a few thousand in a one-time payment that would result in ruining the property and the property value for the foreseeable future. We need to concentrate on non-toxic, renewable energy sources – which are improving almost daiy.


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