For over a year, I've been a part of a passionate, committed coalition fighting the North Seattle Lateral Upgrade (NSLU) in south Snohomish County. We've drawn together folks from indigenous, faith, environmental and community groups with one common goal: stop this harmful project. Nearly 6 miles of expanded natural gas delivery capacity will raise our state's greenhouse gas emissions 3-5%. The pipeline crosses 15 streams, home to threatened Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.
Despite all our work with permitting agencies across the project's full scope, the pipeline is being built. I drive past the construction a few times a week, and what's clear to me is that we have a long way to go in our state policy on natural gas. This climate wrecking fuel is 86 times more potent than CO2 for the first 10 years in our atmosphere, and then 34x worse for the rest of the century. Why are we letting our local utilities (in this case, Puget Sound Energy) build infrastructure that locks us into destroying the climate for our children?
This is a story that needs to be told- that our policies must change, and that the natural gas being used to cook dinner and heat homes and businesses is destroying the stability of our climate. On top of that, it's being extracted by the environmentally devastating practice of fracking in northern British Columbia.
So, we're making a film about this- the NSLU, the price we'll pay in the future for using natural gas today, and how our local policies need to shift. We need your help to tell this story. Can you donate to our project today?
We need to connect the dots- when we turn on the gas range to cook dinner, our climate and our neighbor's communities to the north are suffering.
Help us tell this important story, and build awareness of this devastating 'bridge' fuel.