We are trying to get 500 people to send a message to the City of Tacoma demanding that the City complete a new project impact statement (referred to as an SEIS) for the safety of our people, lands and waters. Here’s why:
With the recent court ruling against Tacoma on LNG safety records and the news of the Wash. State Attorney General calling out LNG as pure fiction we are urging community members to reach out to the City of Tacoma to complete a new SEIS analysis for the following reasons
The scope of the project has changed significantly and the changes warrant further analysis to ensure the safety of our community. See that attached document to understand the details of 7 specific changes. 7 Changes to the LNG Project Scope.
COPY & PASTE text below (add a personal note if desired) into an email addressed to City council members (emails listed below):
Dear Tacoma City Council,
I am urging you to support the preparation of an SEIS by the City of Tacoma on PSE’s proposed LNG plant in the Tacoma Tideflats.
The limited SEIS prepared by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is dishonest and incomplete.
Trusted scientists across the region have rejected the SEIS as inaccurate, and misleading. The SEIS fails to address significant environmental impacts from material changes that have been made to the project since the original Final Environmental Impact Statement.
We urge you to conduct an SEIS that includes government-to-government consultation with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.
I would appreciate hearing back from you regarding whether you agree with me or not.
Email letter to Tacoma City Council:
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“The fossil fuel industry purports that natural gas is “clean,” but that claim fails to account for climate-damaging methane leaks along the supply chain. Poor external reporting requirements mean gas companies don’t have to share how much fugitive methane escapes into the atmosphere each year. With no one to compel more data-sharing from the industry, it can convince policymakers and the public that any uncertainty in independent research is enough reason to discredit the questions themselves.”
“Methane, the primary component of fracked gas, is a highly questionable solution for decarbonization or reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Fracked gas is commonly purported to be a “cleaner” alternative to other fossil fuels but that notion comes from looking at only a pixel in the full emissions picture. Our common understandings are inaccurate. When researchers examine the full climate impact of natural gas, many conclude that it is not substantially better than other fossil fuels and under some circumstances may even be worse.”
“Methane gas, commonly referred to as “natural gas,” is the fossil fuel with the most positive image. Natural gas is marketed as not just cleaner than other fossil fuels, but as “clean”—a demonstrably false descriptor with an endless number of caveats. Oil and gas companies promote gas subsidiaries by prominently featuring the word “clean” in the company’s name or marketing and suggest we pair natural gas with renewable energy as a solution to our greenhouse gas problems. This dubious pairing has found its way into decarbonization policy at both the state and federal level”
“We, the members of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians of the United States, invoking the divine blessing of the Creator upon our efforts and purposes, in order to preserve for ourselves and our descendants rights secured under Indian Treaties, Executive Orders, and benefits to which we are entitled under the laws and constitution of the United States and several states, to enlighten the public toward a better understanding of the Indian people, to preserve Indian cultural values, and otherwise to promote the welfare of the Indian people, do hereby establish and submit the following resolution…”
A proposed liquid natural gas plant on Tacoma’s waterfront has attracted protests from residents, tribes and scientists — but whether Puget Sound Energy is listening remains unknown. – Jan. 31, 2019
“Annette Bryan’s part in the years-long conflict over a liquefied natural gas facility in Tacoma began close to home. For over 40 years, she’s been a resident of the neighborhood adjacent to the Tideflats, a waterfront industrial area in eastern Tacoma that houses its port. It’s where she now raises her three grandchildren and cares for her mother. In 2015, she noticed groups of people near her house picketing in protest of the facility. She became aware of its existence only after speaking to them.”
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