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Take Action on LNG Exports! Tell Energy Secretary Moniz to Demand Health Impact Assessments

May 22, 2013

Breaking news: “New US Energy Secretary Promises Review of Natural Gas Export Studies,” announces the Wall Street Journal and dozens of other news outlets.

Will the Secretary be reviewing health and environmental impacts? Raise your voice today to make sure he will.

Liquified natural gas (LNG) exports are the only way the U.S. fracking industry can raise natural gas prices, raise their profit rates, and intensify shale gas development. The track record of this industry hovers in a very low place between abysmal and criminal. And Reuters reports that a new study by the US Geological Survey just came out, showing that U.S. aquifers are now being depleted at triple their usual rate — another reason to stop climate change and stop gigantic fracking water withdrawals for consumptive use. Need to know more about impacts? Just read the last 300 blog posts.

“Pipeline Safety Bill Passes” in West Virginia is the headline accompanying this image. The bill passed in April 2013 after a devastating pipeline explosion in Sissonville WV last December, but in April 2013, two workers died in yet another West Virginia pipeline facility flash fire.

LNG exports mean more pipelines, like the Marcellus gas pipeline which killed two workers and injured others in a flash fire in West Virginia in April 2013.

In short, LNG exports = more fracking and more fracking infrastructure, which is exactly what we don’t need right now. Exports would ensure the increase of this destructive, large-scale toxic industrial experiment — because once export contracts are signed, there’s no stopping them. The damage must be stopped and assessed, not accelerated.

Thanks to shale country resident Rebecca Roter, of Susquehanna County, PA, for initiating this action:

Please call, email, and fax Energy Secretary Moniz today. Demand a Health Impacts Assessment (HIA) for the full life-cycle impacts of extraction, processing, and use of natural gas in every state where shale gas development is underway. Insist that not one more LNG export permit be issued until all the state HIAs, or a national HIA, is done. Further, insist on a comprehensive Cumulative Impacts Study (CIS) — similar to the New York State sgeis, but more comprehensive — in every shale state. To back up your requests, find peer-reviewed literature and a cogent argument for the HIA here.

Urge that not one LNG export permit be granted. Urge that the life-cycle impacts to air, water, soil, health and climate from shale gas development are properly assessed. 

  • Email: You can send an email to the Secretary of Energy at
  • By Phone: 202-586-5000 (Main Switchboard) or use the National Phone Directory for Hearing and/or Speech Impaired: 1-800-877-8339 
  • By Fax: 202-586-4403

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One Comment
  1. Bianca permalink
    May 23, 2013 4:26 pm

    Just submitted a request to the Secretary of Energy. Will pass along, thanks!

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