No Fracked Gas Pipeline Expansion in Snohomish County!
Puget Sound Energy is backing the proposed expansion of nearly 6 miles of the North Seattle Lateral pipeline in south Snohomish County next summer. Their plan is to deliver over twice as much gas to north Seattle homes. But replacing the existing pipeline puts 15 streams at risk and the threatened salmon who spawn in them as well. Water quality for local homeowners is also likely to suffer, as most of the route runs through an EPA designated aquifer.
Snohomish County's Planning Department has asked for information on the upstream emissions of the project. Williams (the pipeline company building the project), has responded to this request by downplaying the potential emissions from the project, and claiming only a small portion of the total new capacity would be used.
The Sightline Institute has written that this project:
Disrupts 15 streams, including Little Bear Creek, Evans Creek, Tambark Creek, Great Dane Creek and their tributaries;
Harms already threatened Chinook salmon, which are essential to the survival of our local orca population;
Has an unnecessary 63% increase in fracked gas capacity; current capacity isn’t maxed out;
Causes a 3% increase in state carbon emissions by itself, when we should be doing all we can to reduce them;
Results in piecemeal growth in fracked gas infrastructure that slows our transition to a fossil free future.
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