From Kevin Jones
NW Climate and Clean Energy Coalition co-lead
Background: The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) has provided preliminary approval for the Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Tacoma Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) facility. A public disclosure request has revealed that NW Pierce county, portions of SW King county and most of Vashon Island is in the blast zone, should the tank rupture and catch fire.
Moreover, the Environmental Impact Statement actually concludes that use of LNG for shipping, the primary use of this facility, is actually worse for the environment than doing nothing.
You can submit comments to the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency HERE. You will find talking points enclosed and scripts below.
Please also let your Puget Sound Clean Air Agency board member know your views. You can find their jurisdictions and contact information immediately below.
Thanks for your help saving our climate!
PSCAA Board members:
Seattle Mayor Jenny Dirkan — 206-684-4000
Jenny.firstname.lastname@example.org — PO Box 94749, Seattle, Wa 98124-4749
King County Executive Dow Constantine — 206-263-9600
email@example.com — 401 5th Ave. Suite 800. Seattle, WA 98104
Tacoma City Council member Ryan Mello — firstname.lastname@example.org
Municipal Building, 747 Market St, 12th Floor, Tacoma Wa 98402
Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier — 253-798-7477
Email contact form HERE
County-City Building, Rm 737, 930 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma Wa 98402-2100
Everett City Council member & board chair Paul Roberts
425-257-8703 — PRoberts@everettwa.gov
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9-A, Everett, WA 98201
Snohomish County Council member Sam Low — 425-388-3494
Robert J Drewel Building, 8th Floor, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 609, Everett, Wa 98201
Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler — 360-473-5266
Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St, Suite 600, Bremerton, Wa 98337
Kitsap County Commissioner Edward Wolfe — 360-337-7080
email@example.com (probably not useful) — 614 Division St, MS-4, Port Orchard, Wa 98366
Here are some possible scripts – please personalize:
- I am concerned that a public disclosure request uncovered hidden information that [add your location – see enclosed blast zone map] is in the blast zone of the Tacoma PSE LNG facility. As a PSCAA board member I really need you to raise your voice and call for this permit to be denied. Our safety is in your hands. Please act now.
- As a PSCAA board member you must be aware that PSE ratepayers, like myself, will be stuck with nearly half the cost of the PSE LNG facility in Tacoma while using little of the gas in the tank. This is not OK. As a PSCAA board member I ask that you intervene in approving the permit for this facility.
- I am concerned about climate change. The PSE LNG Environmental Impact Statement uses the 100-year, versus more damaging 20-year, global warming potential for methane. We are experiencing climate catastrophe now. We need PSCAA to use the 20-year value. As a PSCAA board member, tell the agency to revise the EIS by using the 20-year GWP value for methane.
- The PSCAA should follow the law. They haven’t. As a PSCAA board member I ask that you tell the agency to consult with the Puyallup Tribe. PSE has already violated the Medicine Creek treaty. It is required, and morally honest, that the livelihood and knowledge of the tribe be included in this permitting process.
- I recently learned you are a PSCAA board member. Over 500 people attended the hearing in Tacoma this week, overwhelmingly opposing the PSE LNG facility. You should have been there! You need to hear directly from your constituents. You need to tell PSCAA to reconvene the hearing so that elected officials, like you, can hear from your constituents on this issue.