Take Action: Fracked Gas in Oregon

Urge the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) to keep the future of gas short.

Join us in urging the Oregon PUC to implement strong measures to prevent Oregon from locking ratepayers into polluting, harmful fracked gas. Sign the petition today!

Dear Chair Decker, Commissioner Tawney, and Commissioner Thompson:

I urge the Oregon Public Utility Commission (OPUC) to pursue policies that avoid locking ratepayers into more gas infrastructure, which compounds increasing energy costs and the impacts of climate-changing pollution. The OPUC’s Natural Gas Fact-Finding Draft Report fails to chart a course that will protect ratepayers from the expense, health impacts, and climate impacts of continued and expanded gas infrastructure.  

Specifically, I urge the OPUC to:

  • Resist the gas industry’s efforts to raise rates on current customers to pay for more gas infrastructure and false advertising.
  • Protect BIPOC, lower- and middle-income, and rural ratepayers from increasing energy burdens related to fracked gas. These are communities for whom health and energy burdens related to fossil fuels are disproportionately high, and the effects of climate change are often felt first and worst. 
  • Eliminate line extension subsidies for the gas industry. New pipes are expensive and further lock our region into burning fracked fuels.
  • Direct gas utilities to promote options for installing electric heat pumps and weatherization measures that provide tangible benefits to human health and the climate while lessening the use and impact of fracked gas region-wide.
  • Treat RNG with skepticism. Even in the rosiest projections by the gas industry, renewable natural gas (RNG) will only displace a relatively small portion of the actual physical gas in our pipeline system, most of which will remain fracked for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, RNG will not make up a significant portion of NW Natural’s gas supply in the foreseeable future, either.
  • Accelerate fuel switching away from gas in homes and buildings. Burning gas in homes and buildings leads to indoor air pollution that can be harmful to human health.

Oregon’s largest gas companies will insist that they have a role to play in a “decarbonized” future. I disagree. The fracked gas industry must wane quickly in order for Oregon to meet its climate goals and protect the indoor air quality for Oregonians who are increasingly impacted by impaired outdoor air quality and extreme weather. I am counting on you, the OPUC, to guide Oregon’s transition away from fracked gas equitably and quickly.