Reject all pending natural gas pipeline permits
A stunning new report has found that 19 new proposed natural gas pipelines in the Appalachian Basin could double fracked gas production in the region and lock in runaway climate change.
The proposed pipelines, which would transport fracked natural gas from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to Louisiana and New York, would transport an incredible 15.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. Unlocking this massive amount of carbon would result in radically increased fracking, and cause the United States to exceed its emissions-reduction targets set by the Paris climate treaty.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) reviews the applications of these proposed pipelines — and we need to make sure it takes a stand to protect our climate by rejecting all pending natural gas pipeline permits.
We do not have to look far to see how dangerous natural gas drilling and pipelines are for the environment and the communities they pass through. The gas leak last year at Porter Ranch, California, where more than 86,000 metric tons of methane — an extremely potent greenhouse gas — spewed into the atmosphere, sickened and displaced thousands of families. And in 2010, a gas explosion in San Bruno, California killed eight people, injured 58, and destroyed and damaged dozens of homes.
When President Obama denied the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, he said, “America is now a global leader when it comes to taking serious action to fight climate change. And frankly, approving this project would have undercut that global leadership. And that’s the biggest risk we face — not acting.”
If new pipeline infrastructure is put in place, massive quantities of climate-polluting fossil fuel would be unlocked for good.
That is why we are joining with Oil Change International in calling on FERC to heed President Obama’s words and reject these dangerous pipeline permits before they move any further in the process.
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- Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine U.S. Climate Goals, Oil Change international, July 2016.
- Valerie Volcovici, “New gas pipelines would make U.S. miss climate target: report,” Reuters, July 22 2016.
- Samantha Page, “The Scariest Part Of California’s Gas Leak Wasn’t Rashes And Bloody Noses. It’s What Happens Next.,” Think Progress, April 8, 2016.
- Rebecca Bowe and Lisa Pickoff-White, “Five Years After Deadly San Bruno Explosion: Are We Safer?” KQED, September 8, 2015.
- Statement by the President on the Keystone XL Pipeline, November 6, 2015.
Originally published at act.credoaction.com.