Demand a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Puget Sound Energy LNG Facility

City of Tacoma

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Sightline Institute researcher and environmental law expert Tarika Powell has testified that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) produced by the City of Tacoma for the Puget Sound Energy Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project is false and misleading and "the most incompetent" she has ever seen. While the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency is reviewing the emissions associated with natural gas from fracking well to final use, nobody is yet reviewing the inadequate safety findings in the EIS. As the lead agency in this process, it is the responsibility of the City of Tacoma to initiate and oversee a Supplemental EIS (SEIS) to better consider the serious safety hazards posed by this unnecessary facility. But they have not yet done so, despite repeated requests. We demand that the city fulfill its duty to protect the residents of Tacoma and open an SEIS to better review the safety aspects of this fracked gas plant.


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Tacoma, WA

To: City of Tacoma
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned, are writing to request that you open a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on Puget Sound Energy's Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project to better examine the serious safety issues involved. As lead SEPA agency in this process, the City of Tacoma has the power and obligation to do so.

Already, two state agencies - the Shorelines Hearings Board and the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency - have found the original Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be inadequate and opened up their own focused SEIS processes. Sightline Institute researcher and environmental law expert Tarika Powell, who has examined dozens of EIS documents for other LNG projects, has stated under oath that the Environmental Impact Statement for the Tacoma LNG project is seriously inadequate, particularly when it comes to public safety.

Ms. Powell highlights, as examples, two aspects that were not adequately investigated: vessel traffic in and around the bunker facility and LNG tanker truck traffic. There are also many concerns regarding the emergency response plan, the proximity of the planned fire station, and the safety of the firefighters stationed there.

We are very concerned about having this LNG facility in the Port of Tacoma without an adequate safety review to protect port workers, the surrounding community, and the environment. We respectfully request that you open up an SEIS so that we can better examine these critical issues.