Fracked gas and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) are dirty fossil fuels that threaten health by contributing to climate change and emitting pollution into air and water.
Well over 50% of Oregon's so-called "natural" gas is fracked from shale plays in Alberta, Canada. Methane gas leakage from that process traps heat 86 times more effectively than carbon dioxide during the first 20 years of its lifespan. The process of fracking is extremely harmful to human and environmental health, leading health professionals to conclude that gas is not an acceptable energy source, especially as wind and solar energy prices continue to fall.
The Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal & The Pacific Connector Pipeline:
Climate defenders have already twice defeated the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and Pacific Connector Pipeline (proposed by Veresen, Inc.). Thanks to the efforts of community advocates, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) concluded in both instances that a fracked gas pipeline and export facility was not in the public interest. Now, under the Trump Administration, Veresen is trying again.
Oregon PSR is among landowners, businesses, climate and conservation groups, native tribes, and concerned residents who have banded together again to fight what would be a 233-mile-long fracked gas pipeline through private property, indigenous territories, and close to 400 waterways. The project would have roughly 15 times the carbon dioxide footprint of the Boardman coal plant on the Columbia River, which is set to close in 2020.
Joint statement from groups, including Oregon PSR, committed to fighting LNG transport and exports (9/23/17)
Trump Administration Efforts to Allow LNG-by-Rail
In April 2019, Trump signed an executive order seeking authorization for transporting LNG by rail. On June 6, the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) announced that the company Energy Transport Solutions LLC had applied for a special permit to transport liquefied natural gas (LNG) in unit trains 100 cars long and for the express purpose of moving LNG to export facilities. Oregon PSR joined a coalition of Pacific Northwest groups in providing technical comments to PHMSA during their public comment period on LNG-by-rail detailing why transporting this highly volatile fossil fuel on trains is extremely dangerous to the health and safety of communities throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
The Successful Carty Gas Campaign:
In 2016, Portland General Electric (PGE) planned to build over 1300 megawatts of new fracked gas power plants at the Carty Generating Station in Boardman, OR. Ostensibly meant to replace power from the soon-to-be decommissioned Boardman Coal plant, the facility would have been the largest single emitter of carbon dioxide in Oregon even without considering the climate impact of fugitive methane emissions. Responding to Oregon PSR and our partners' "buzzsaw" of opposition, PGE suspended their permit applications for expansion of fracked gas power plants at the Carty Generating Station opting instead to pursue purchases of existing wind energy.
Resisting Fracked Gas, Promoting Clean Energy (article by Damon Motz-Storey, Oregon PSR Clean Energy Organizer, 3/3/17)
The Public Health Threat of Methane Gas (presentation developed by Damon Motz-Storey, Oregon PSR Clean Energy Organizer, 2/23/17)
General Resources on Fracked Gas:
Important Court Victory Against Fracking (3/21/19)
Calling Natural Gas a "Bridge Fuel" is Alarmingly Deceptive (Tarika Powell, Sightline Institute, 2/12/19)
Comments on Draft SEIS for Proposed Tacoma LNG Facility (comments by Oregon PSR and Washington PSR, 11/20/18)
How Climate Activists Failed to Make Clear the Problem With Natural Gas (article by Bill McKibben, 3/13/18)
Health Impacts of Fracked Gas Infrastructure (article by Catherine Thomasson, MD & Barbara Donachy, MPH, November 2017)
Too Dirty, Too Dangerous: Why Health Professionals Reject Natural Gas (report from National PSR, February 2017)