Why? It would make it harder to meet their carbon-dioxide emission goals, say Oregon, California, and Washington officials.
Alex Baumhardt writes in the Idaho Capital Sun that TC Energy, a Canadian company, asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in October 2021 if it could increase natural gas delivery by the Gas Transmission Northwest Express pipeline.
The pipeline sends gas from the Canada-Idaho border to Oregon, where it is sold to customers in all three states. The company wants to increase the transmission by 150 million cubic feet per day, an investment that would cost $355 million.
The state attorney general of Oregon recently joined California and Washington in opposing the expansion. Says Baumhardt:
“In their petition, the attorneys general argued that allowing more natural gas to flow from Canada to the U.S. would harm the states’ efforts to combat climate change as the region shifts to renewable energy sources.”
“The attorneys general said the proposal would ‘primarily serve the interests of Canadian gas producers in gaining market share, not the needs of American consumers’.”
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