In Washington, we pride ourselves on putting the health and safety of our communities first. We all deserve clean air, clean water, and clean energy.
Washington is leading the nation in the transition to clean energy! In 2019, the legislature passed the 100% Clean Electricity bill to phase out coal and gas-fired power plants while investing in energy efficiency and cleaner electricity generation. The legislature also established Clean Building Standards for gas consumption, efficiency, and conservation.
But while we are phasing off gas, the fracked gas industry continues to target Washington communities to build new, large terminals.
Washington’s two largest terminal proposals in Kalama and Tacoma would result in millions more gallons of fracked gas and tie us to this dirty energy for decades to come. These projects threaten public safety, damage our climate, and put our local air and water at risk.
The Dangers of Fracked Gas
The majority of what has been called “natural” gas in the United States is now sourced from hydraulic fracking. Fracking involves drilling into the ground, using a highly pressurized mixture of chemicals and water, capturing the gas as it is forced toward the surface. This dangerous practice has devastating impacts to public health, safety, land, water, and air. Fracked gas, or methane, is also a highly toxic climate pollutant and is up to 87 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere when evaluated over 20-years.
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 moving our communities off fossil fuels with an equitable plan that doesn’t leave residents behind.
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 dirty energy projects, 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. That’s the future we all want for Washington.
These projects have been given preliminary approval from state agencies based on outdated science and incomplete information. Companies like Puget Sound Energy have misled the public about what these projects are for and how much fracked gas they are bringing in. This puts our communities at risk from dangerous volatile fuels and keeps us locked in to dirty energy. That’s a lose-lose situation for Washington and a bet we simply cannot afford.
New fracked gas infrastructure, like pipelines, export terminals, and power plants, takes us backwards. We can’t build a clean energy future if we’re still investing in dirty energy. But together, we can stand up against these destructive projects.
Tacoma-area residents are leading opposition to Puget Sound Energy’s plan to build a massive fracked gas plant at the Port of Tacoma. This project has moved forward based on deeply flawed analysis – endangering our climate, health, and safety – and without the legally required consultation with the Puyallup Tribe, which is opposed to this facility. The plant could produce up to 500,000 gallons of liquid fuel daily, locking the Puget Sound region into decades of increased fracked gas supply and undermining our progress toward truly clean energy.
- Poll: Pierce County Voters Concerned About Economic, Environmental Impacts of Tacoma LNG Plant
- Sightline Institute, “Tacoma’s Proposed LNG Plant Raises Safety Concerns”
- 350 Tacoma, “What’s Wrong with Puget Sound Energy’s Fracked Gas Project”
- 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 would likely require a major new regional gas pipeline through Washington. At any given time, up to 72 million gallons of the highly flammable liquid would be stored on-site in an earthquake liquefaction zone. If built, the refinery would become the single largest source of climate pollution in Washington – emitting more than 1 million tons of greenhouse gases from the smokestacks alone and 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, “Kalama Methanol Facility Could Put Taxpayers on the Hook”
- Crosscut, “Jay Inslee is right to oppose Kalama Methanol”