STOP GTN XPRESS

 

Map of current proposed call areas for floating offshore wind in Oregon. Source: OROWindMap

WHAT IS GTN XPRESS?

GTN XPress is a pipeline expansion proposal from TC Energy (the company behind the Keystone Pipelines) to increase the volume of fracked gas by 150 million cubic feet per day through the aging Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) Pipeline.

This project would lock the Northwest into expensive fossil fuel energy for decades, impact the health and safety of nearby communities, continue fracking on Tribal lands, and exacerbate the climate crisis.

GTN XPress would be a climate disaster – and it also represents a dangerous new strategy from the fossil fuel industry. In recent years, our communities have won big victories by shutting down new fossil fuel projects. Now, companies like TC Energy are pivoting to a new tactic: pipeline expansion. Expansion projects are easier to push past regulators, and many communities don’t know that they are happening until it’s too late.

 

GTN XPRESS IS A STEP BACK FOR CLIMATE ACTION

GTN XPress expansion would result in more than 3.47 million metric tons of greenhouse gasses emissions per year. This is the equivalent pollution of adding 754,000 passenger vehicles per year on the road each year until 2052.

This project is inconsistent with Washington’s and Oregon’s laws that require decreasing climate emissions by 95% and 80%, respectively, by 2050. GTN XPress would raise state emissions making these targets even harder to reach. In a collaborative motion, the Attorney Generals of Washington, Oregon, and California are calling on FERC to issue a denial. Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have also publicly opposed GTN XPress.

Fossil fuels accelerate the impacts of climate change and are responsible for the majority of the world’s climate pollution. As climate events like extreme wildfires, droughts, and flooding plague the Pacific Northwest, our communities must transition off fossil fuels to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

GTN XPRESS WOULD HAVE HARMFUL IMPACTS ON COMMUNITIES

Communities near pipeline routes and compressor stations experience increased health risks, including exposure to cancer-causing pollutants. A study from Indiana University found that proximity to higher amounts of volatile emissions from compressor stations were linked with higher death rates.

Studies show ese residential gas use can lead to high levels of NO2 in homes, increasing risk of respiratory diseases and asthma rates in children and disproportionately impacts low-income communities.

Instead of GTN XPress, our communities need a just transition to clean affordable energy
and energy efficiency. This means community-led clean energy solutions that protect
cultural resources and tribal lands, not more fossil fuel dependence
that only benefits corporate interests.

TAKE ACTION TO STOP GTN XPRESS!

On November 18th, 2022 FERC released an inadequate Final Environmental Impact statement for GTN XPress. Commissioners will have 90 days to review those findings and comments from community members and stakeholders before making their final decision on February 16th, 2023. 

You can help by writing comments to let federal regulators at FERC know why you are concerned about the GTN XPress project and how you and others would be impacted by this fossil fuel expansion.

JOIN THE CAMPAIGN TO STOP GTN XPRESS PIPELINE:

1. GET INVOLVED

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2. LEARN MORE

Watch the “What is GTN XPress?”
webinar by
Columbia Riverkeeper

3. TAKE ACTION

Write a comment to let the federal regulators at FERC know why you are concerned about GTN XPress.

The Coalition to Stop GTN XPress

Grassroots organizations and individuals have come together across the Northwest to oppose this dangerous fracked gas expansion. From Northern Idaho to Southern Oregon, people are pushing back together to oppose GTN XPress. Coalition members include: 

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