Are You in the Blast-Zone?

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.

Please act!

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 — PO Box 94749, Seattle, Wa  98124-4749

King County Executive Dow Constantine — 206-263-9600
kcexec@kingcounty.gov401 5th Ave. Suite 800. Seattle, WA 98104

Tacoma City Council member Ryan
Municipal Building, 747 Market St, 12th Floor, Tacoma Wa  98402

Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier253-798-7477
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
2930 Wetmore Avenue, Suite 9-A, Everett, WA 98201

Snohomish County Council member Sam Low425-388-3494
Robert J Drewel Building, 8th Floor, 3000 Rockefeller, M/S 609, Everett, Wa  98201

Bremerton Mayor Greg Wheeler360-473-5266
Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th St, Suite 600, Bremerton, Wa  98337

Kitsap County Commissioner Edward Wolfe360-337-7080 (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.
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