Hundreds gather to discuss fracking at Sierra Club community forum Wed.

In order to spread the word about the many harmful climate and health effects of natural gas, Sierra Club welcomed policy director Eric de Place from the Sightline Institute – in tandem with 350 Seattle, Saltwater Unitarian Climate Action Now!, South Seattle Climate Action Network, Earth Ministry and Physicians for Social Responsibility – to host a forum in SeaTac on Wednesday night, Sept. 6.

The room was packed, and among the community leaders in attendance was Dave Upthegrove, a King County Councilmember (and area resident) who is remaining staunch on his views to deny new fossil fuel infrastructure in the State of Washington.

“This does affect our community here in South King County,” Upthegrove said as he outlined concerns about the potential for a new fracked gas pipeline through the I-5 Corridor.

All attendees of the forum signed petitions to pressure Governor Jay Inslee to deny possible gas projects in the state, including the would-be world’s largest methanol refinery to be built in Kalama, on the banks of the Columbia River. Inslee’s camp has not come out in denial of the facility, despite the fact that the project would consume more gas than any sector of Washington’s Economy. The other danger would be the expected need to construct a new gas pipeline down the I-5 corridor to feed the facility, enabling ever more gas production, fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure in our state. While the industry-produced dialogue about gas has been one of a clean-burning fuel, this notion could not be farther from the truth, as de Place debunks the rumors of fracked gas being any sort of bridge for the future.

Next week, on Sept. 14, another forum will take place at the Redmond Library, with the hopes of continuing the dialogue about this project, and the risks it brings to our communities.

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