For years, we’ve been holding the line and protecting Washington from dangerous and climate-damaging coal, oil, and fracked gas infrastructure. Last week, Governor Inslee announced his opposition to Tacoma LNG and Kalama Methanol—two major fracked gas projects—and acknowledged that Washington has no place for fracked gas in our clean energy future.
The fight does not end with Governor Inslee’s opposition. These two projects have lacked a comprehensive analysis of their impacts and should be held to the highest standards for review of environmental, health, and community and worker safety risks, including the best available science and full consultation with Tribal nations. By working with state agencies to require strong environmental review, Governor Inslee can help protect our communities from these dangerous and dirty projects.
The fracked gas-to-methanol refinery proposed in Kalama is poised to become our state’s largest climate polluter by 2025, consuming more fracked gas than all other industrial uses in Washington combined. The proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Tacoma would serve as a massive new gas storage facility and threatens Tacoma residents and traditional homelands of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. These projects pose an unacceptable risks to our communities and stall our climate progress.
As Governor Inslee signed groundbreaking climate action bills into law last week, Washington is leading the nation in equitable and effective climate policy. We cannot allow new massive fracked gas refineries to undermine this historic progress toward a clean energy economy.
Thanks to you, we have defended Washington from new coal and oil in our communities. Now is the time to protect Washington from all fossil fuels and reject fracked gas.