Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Sept. 21, 2021

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Letter: Fossil fuels not in port’s interest

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I am concerned about possible fracked natural gas storage facilities at the Port of Vancouver. The methane that fracked gas leaks when it is mined, transported and stored contributes in devastating ways to climate change. Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

And LNG — compressed, liquefied natural gas — is highly explosive, and is particularly dangerous when transported by rail through the city, through the Gorge and through our forests which, as we know, ignite easily in the summer. We do not need more LNG trains in our backyard.

The port has drafted a resolution indicating it will not house new bulk crude oil or coal terminals. The resolution must also include fracked natural gas, as well. Fossil fuels are not our future. To build and support their infrastructure requires long-term, expensive commitments to what is dangerous and not in anyone’s best interest.

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