The Sierra Club continues to oppose clean-burning natural gas as a “dirty” fuel. Their latest attempt to force Americans to wean themselves from this nasty, dirty fuel is to oppose expansion of the Cove Point, Maryland liquefied natural gas export facility. Why? Because if cheap natural gas becomes even more popular than it is throughout the world, it will slow down adoption of the Sierra Club’s preferred energy sources, solar and wind.
"We don’t want to create a situation where there’s more demand for natural gas: more fracking, more shipping it, more pumping of it, all that," says Sierra Club Maryland volunteer Dave O’Leary. "This creates threats that put our water at risk and increases the impact on climate disruption."
That’s why the Sierra Club just filed the first formal objection with the Department of Energy against the export of domestic gas produced from hydraulic fracturing. This objection called Maryland’s export proposal an unwise plan which would make a dirty fuel even more dangerous.
"Liquefied natural gas is not only the dirtiest and most polluting form of gas, but it also requires an increase in fracking; a process we know to be unsafe and dangerous," said Deb Nardone, Director of Sierra Club’s Natural Gas Reform Campaign. "The industry is pushing forward with these export facilities with their profits in mind, not the families who will bear the burden of increased fracking."
*Treehugger.com (Feb 15, 2012) – Stopping Liquid Natural Gas Port in Maryland a Blow Against Fracking in the Marcellus Shale, Too