Groups impugn healthy gas growth — Midcoast — Bangor …
July 28, 2016 - storage organizer
ROCKLAND, Maine — Natural gas should not be partial of a country’s purify appetite destiny given a impact on a sourroundings has been significantly understated, a organisation of internal and state activists pronounced Wednesday.
This assertion, done Wednesday during a news discussion in Rockland, was timed with a recover of a news “Natural Gas and Global Warming.” The news was grown by Frontier Group, Toxics Action Center, and Environment America.
Rockland was where one of several such news conferences were hold Wednesday opposite New England by Toxics Action given of a City Council’s capitulation progressing this month of ordinances that umpire appetite plants including healthy gas ones. The city authorized those ordinances and progressing had upheld a proxy duration in response to a due plant.
“Natural gas has been touted as a ‘bridge fuel’ that can assistance a United States and a universe revoke emissions of tellurian warming pollutants during a transition to truly purify sources of energy. The ‘bridge fuel’ argument, however, hinges on a vicious assumption: that a meridian impacts of healthy gas are modest,” a report’s executive outline states.
“In new years, a series of studies have challenged that assumption, anticipating that healthy gas production, travel and storage formula in vital leaks of methane to a atmosphere that erode or stop a meridian advantages of changeable to healthy gas. These commentary should lead policymakers to reject healthy gas as a ‘bridge fuel’ and instead lead them to redouble America’s efforts to repower with truly purify appetite from a sun, a breeze and other renewable sources of energy,” according to the report.
Andy Jones, a village organizer with Toxics Action, pronounced a classification is job for a hindrance to healthy gas descent and a construction of new healthy gas lines and facilities.
He pronounced a use of fracking to remove healthy gas has vital disastrous impacts on open health and a environment.
Earlier this month a Maine Public Utilities Commission voted to support a prolongation of a healthy gas tube that would enhance ability on Spectra’s line using from eastern Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, where it connects with a Maritimes Northeast Pipeline, that passes by Maine to Canada. Electricity business would assistance compensate for a prolongation underneath a PUC plan.
Nate Davis, one of a founders of a citizen organisation Renew Rockland, pronounced he had examination a environmental news and agrees with a conclusions. Davis serves on Rockland’s Energy Advisory Committee that helped grown a internal appetite plant regulations.
Davis pronounced that when a healthy gas-fired appetite plant was initial due in Rockland in early 2015, he primarily was “cautiously supportive.” But a some-more investigate he undertook, he resolved that a devise would not be good for a region’s environment. He pronounced a recover of methane during a extraction, travel and storage of healthy gas contributes to rising hothouse gas emissions.
The ordinances authorized by a city do not demarcate a appetite plant though sets standards to strengthen a community, he stressed.
“Some of a mandate are truly initial in a nation,” Davis said.
One of those first-in-the-nation mandate is that any emissions from a plant contingency be some-more than equivalent from reduced emissions from other companies that accept thermal heating from a appetite plant. Other mandate embody devise of a decommissioning plan, an assertive H2O recycling standard, and a top on a volume of H2O used.
Local environmentalist Ron Huber, executive executive of Friends of Penobscot Bay, pronounced a healthy gas plant would have had disastrous effects on sea life and would have speedy stretch that would be bad for a region. He also pronounced that a use of healthy gas, as shown by a study, will boost tellurian atmosphere and sea temperatures.
Huber pronounced any additional arise in sea temperatures would mistreat a lobster industry, identical to what has happened in southern New England.
James Cote of Bernstein Shur Group in Portland responded to an emailed ask for criticism about a news that was sent to Evan Coleman of Rockland Energy Center, that due a healthy gas plant Rockland.
“There are no stream skeleton to pursue a devise in Rockland,” Cote said.
Cote pronounced Energy Management Inc. of Boston, that was a primogenitor association of Rockland Energy, had no criticism concerning a recover of a news vicious of healthy gas.
David Madore from a Maine Department of Environmental Protection pronounced state staff has not nonetheless had time to examination a news given they only perceived it Wednesday.