Take Action: Fracked Gas Pipeline

Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that the GTN Xpress Project is contrary to the public interest.

GTN Xpress would increase our carbon emissions, despite Washington’s and Oregon’s laws that require a dramatic decrease in emissions to meet our climate goals. This project is extremely harmful to our long-term public health due to the climate impacts of fracked gas. FERC should reject this project

RE: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Gas Transmission Northwest LLC's GTN XPress Project, Docket CP22-2-000

Dear Commissioners, 

Please accept these comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Proposed GTN Xpress Project, Docket No. CP22-2-000. I strongly encourage you to deny this misguided project. GTN XPress would add more fossil fuels at a time we must reduce fossil fuel consumption. Adding 250,000 dekatherms per day of new fracked gas is the exact opposite direction we need to go to meet our region’s aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals. 

FERC staff calculated the social cost of carbon for GTN XPress at $12 billion. This project is extremely harmful to our long-term public health due to the climate impacts of fracked gas. 

The DEIS concluded that GTN Xpress could increase greenhouse gas emissions in Idaho by 16%, Washington by 3.8%, and Oregon by 7.7% every year. FERC should not approve a project inconsistent with Washington’s and Oregon’s laws that require decreasing emissions by 95% and 75%, respectively, by 2050. 

I encourage you to deny the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for GTN XPress because the project is contrary to the public interest. I hope FERC can focus our energy resources on clean and renewable projects, not the dangerous expansion of fracked gas infrastructure. 

Sincerely,

Background
GTN Map, 2022.07.29

In the past three years, both Washington and Oregon have taken major steps to curb our region’s reliance on climate-polluting fracked gas. Case in point: both states have passed laws requiring a complete phase out of fossil fuel generated retail electricity. Yet, TC Energy is full steam ahead with plans to expand its Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) pipeline by up to 250,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d). That’s enough gas to service 1.2 million households each day. Read more

 

Want to learn more about TC Energy’s plan?

Columbia Riverkeeper recently sat down with Barbara Bernstein to discuss the expansion project. If you missed Monday’s discussion on KBOO’s Locus Focus program, click here to listen to the recording.