Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is in the final stages of permitting for their Liquified "Natural" Gas (LNG) facility. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) issued a "preliminary determination" to issue permits for this facility in July, and is accepting comments on this project until Monday, September 9.
However, PSCAA did not properly consult with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, whose ancestral homeland includes the Tacoma Tideflats where this facility is planned to be built. This is a violation of their treaty rights. Additionally, despite its claims to be a "bridge fuel" and to be cleaner than the diesel currently used to fuel ships at the Port of Tacoma, LNG is not good for our climate or our local environment. Methane leaks from fracking have been shown to to make natural gas just as bad for the climate as the fossil fuels that it's replacing. This fuel is highly pressurized and highly explosive, as we've seen from several high profile destructive explosions in the region over the past few years. Leaks from storage facilities have caused widespread illnesses among residents in the areas where natural gas facilities are located.
Action: Ask PSCAA to reject the Tacoma LNG facility
Send an e-mail to email@example.com before Monday, September 9, asking them to reject the Tacoma LNG facility. If you need ideas about what to say, here are some organizations who have written sample scripts and tools to send the letter:
Puyallup Tribe of Indians: http://news.puyalluptribe-nsn.gov/say-no-to-tacoma-lng/
Power Past Fracked Gas (a coalition that includes several environmental, health, and community groups): http://action.powerpastfrackedgas.org/landing-pages/send-comment-to-pscaa
Washington Convservation Voters: https://wagreen.p2a.co/q8ym8cQ
From Crosscut: "Near and far, Tacoma's natural gas plant is bad for human health" https://crosscut.com/2019/09/near-and-far-tacomas-natural-gas-plant-bad-human-health
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