It's time we moved past fossil gas.
Gas is invisible, and we rarely think about it. But it's a constant danger to our health and our climate. And it can explode.
Yes, you’re seeing the picture above correctly: the ground is on fire under the street!
On February 25th, several thousand folks in Seattle didn’t have power for a few hours. Thankfully, everyone was safe. That hasn’t always been the case with gas leaks and pipelines, with tragic accidents around our state and the country:
- In the U.S., a gas pipeline kills someone, sends someone to the hospital, and/or causes a fire or explosion every 4 days.
- Earlier in February a major gas leak forced evacuations near Boeing field.
- In August 2020, a natural gas explosion in Baltimore, Maryland killed two and injured seven people in three neighborhood row houses.
- A gas explosion in 2016 in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood leveled two buildings, impacted 36 businesses, and created $3 million dollars of damage.
Our Legislature needs to act now to protect communities and move us on a path beyond fossil gas. It’s unsafe and contributes to climate change, and we should have a choice on how we want to heat our homes that doesn’t include fossil fuels.