19 Proposed Fracking Pipelines Would Push Us Past Point of No Return, Report Finds
The U.S. will burst through its emission-reduction target under the Paris climate agreementif the 19 natural gas pipelines proposed in the Appalachian Basin come to fruition, according to a new study.
The report, A Bridge Too Far: How Appalachian Basin Gas Pipeline Expansion Will Undermine U.S. Climate Goals, was published today by the environmental group Oil Change International in partnership with 11 other local, regional and national organizations.
As Reuters noted from the report, these pending projects would pipe natural gas fromfracking fields in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to states from Louisiana to New York and unlock at least 15.2 billion cubic feet per day of production. Combined, these 19 proposed pipelines would enable 116 trillion cubic feet of additional gas production by 2050. Some of the pipeline operators include Spectra Energy Co, Williams Cos Inc and EQT Corp.
The Paris climate agreement signed in June set a goal limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The climate target in the U.S. is an emissions cut of 83 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.
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