The Pacific Northwest is facing a new wave of fossil fuel projects around fracked gas. At the same time, the West is experiencing increased oil and gas leasing and drilling for fracked gas that will negatively impact western communities.
Fracked gas pollutes air and water, putting the health of our families and the health of the places we live, work and play at risk. Children, elders, people of color and low income community members are disproportionately affected by the impacts of fracking and climate change. Every choice for fossil fuels is a choice against clean energy and healthy communities. New fracked gas infrastructure, like pipelines, export terminals, and power plants, takes us backward. We can’t build a clean energy future if we’re still investing in dirty energy.
Power Past Fracked Gas
As a member of the Power Past Fracked Gas coalition, we work to protect the health and safety of Pacific Northwest communities and climate by accelerating an equitable transition off fossil fuels.
We are proud of our progress on clean energy solutions and hard-fought victories over the coal and oil industries. We’ve stopped North America’s largest coal and oil terminals, created historic land use policies banning new fossil fuel infrastructure, and protected clean air and water for future generations. Clean energy investments are driving down energy costs and creating stable, high-paying jobs that can’t be outsourced.
Tacoma-area residents are leading opposition to Puget Sound Energy’s plan to build a massive fracked gas plant at the Port of Tacoma. If built, the plant would undermine years of work to clean up the Superfund site on Commencement Bay. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in 2019 and would produce around 250,000 gallons of liquid fuel daily from fracked gas if built.
- Sightline Institute, “Tacoma’s Proposed LNG Plant Raises Safety Concerns”
- 350 Tacoma, “What’s Wrong with Puget Sound Energy’s Fracked Gas Project”
- Submit a public comment to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
- Contact the Board Members of the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency.
- Are you a Puget Sound Energy customer? Tell PSE that you do not support this project.
Northwest Innovation Works wants to build the world’s biggest refinery to create methanol from fracked gas in Kalama, WA. It would use more fracked gas each day than all of the power plants in Washington combined, and ship the methanol to China to make plastics. At any given time, up to 72 million gallons of the highly flammable liquid would be stored on-site in an earthquake liquefaction zone. The refinery would emit more than 1 million tons of greenhouse gases from the smokestacks alone—and emit up to 7 million tons when “upstream” methane leakage is considered.
- Sightline Institute, “Kalama’s Methanol Refinery, by the Numbers”
- OPB, “Controversial Kalama Methanol Plant May Be Misleading Public, Regulators”
- Sightline Institute, “How Northwest Methanol Is Likely Intended for China’s Gas Tanks”
- Sightline Institute, “Kalama Methanol Facility Could Put Taxpayers on the Hook”
We are awaiting a decision Cowlitz County and the Port of Kalama. Stay tuned.