Senators From Oregon Urge Against Building A New Fossil Gas Pipeline

Fossil Gas Pipeline: U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden of Oregon have written a letter to the Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Richard Glick, and the other FERC commissioners, urging them to heed the advice of the Oregon Attorney General and withdraw permits for TC Energy’s Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) Xpress project. The letter was sent in response to a request from the senators.

Senators From Oregon Urge Against Building A New Fossil Gas Pipeline

In a letter that Merkley and Wyden penned, they stated that “in order to establish a net-zero emissions economy by 2050, President Biden vowed to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52% by 2030, below 2005 levels.” “The FEIS submitted to the FERC estimates that the project would result in annual emissions of 2.3 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent for at least the next 20 years.

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According to your FEIS, the project is expected to result in climate-related harm of nine billion dollars over the course of the following 28 years. And this is using a process that will systematically reduce the climatic consequences that the pipeline will have. The promise made by Vice President Joe Biden cannot be upheld if additional pollutants are released into the atmosphere by means of pipeline expansions like the GTN Xpress.

Senators From Oregon Urge Against Building A New Fossil Gas Pipeline
Senators From Oregon Urge Against Building A New Fossil Gas Pipeline

In their letter, the Senators underline how Oregon has established policies that minimize greenhouse gas emissions by transitioning away from fossil gas and investing in renewable energy. These policies include moving away from the state’s reliance on natural gas. These regulations demonstrate how renewable energy sources may supply the need for electricity without posing the same dangers to the environment and to public safety as fossil fuels.

According to what they have written, “The GTN Xpress would put at risk the safety of frontline communities and the earth for a project that is not required.” “The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) itself said in its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that it is unable to define the end use for the 51,000 Dth/d that Tourmaline Marketing Corp has subscribed for, which is a strong indicator that demand for the project is uncertain.

Adding fossil gas infrastructure in an area that is quickly transitioning to renewable energy is risky and not in the public interest since it might leave consumers on the hook for the expenditures of a project that is underused.

In the next section of their letter, Senators Merkley and Wyden urge the chairman and commissioners of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to listen to Oregon when it says the GTN Xpress is incompatible with climate objectives. They also highlight how moving forward would not be in the public’s interest.

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“The expansion of fossil gas through the GTN Xpress will undercut the efforts being made in Oregon to encourage an alternative to fossil gas that is cleaner, safer, and more effective.” According to their findings, “GTN Xpress would be promoting a market for polluting fossil gas from a foreign country rather than assisting the people of the United States.”

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