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Natural Gas


Natural Gas Health and Environmental Hazards

New: Natural Gas Factsheet

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that is often promoted as "cleaner" than coal, but which has its own serious environmental hazards. Natural gas extraction threatens ecosystems from northern Alaska and Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, including drilling on farms, public lands, forests and parks, in theRocky Mountains and other coal-field communities, off of U.S. coastal waters and possibly even under the Great Lakes. Deep drilling technologies such as "hydraulic fracturing" or "fracking" have recently opened areas of the U.S. to drilling, leaving a legacy of groundwater pollution. Hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting water, salt, and a cocktail of hazardous chemicals deep underground to break open rock formations from which natural gas is extracted. Hydraulic fracking techniques threaten communities facing drilling operations and downstream communities, including communities near "frac" wastewater treatment plants. This wastewater can contain radioactive materials, high levels of salt that affects aquatic life, and carcinogenic elements and compounds such as arsenic and benzene. [12]

Pipelines and compressor stations add to the harms, crossing all sorts of ecosystems. Even water bodies like Lake Erie and the Long Island Sound have faced proposals to bury pipelines in underwater trenches that involve stirring up toxic sentiment accumulated on lake/sound floors.

Natural gas power plants are significant air pollution sources, releasing hazardous air pollutants, global warming pollution and fine particulate matter. Natural gas releases the greenhouse gas methane, which, ton for ton, traps 25 times more heat than carbon dioxide. [3] Unfortunately, we cannot know the quantity of greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas because American companies are not required to report their greenhouse gas emissions. In September 2009, the Obama Administration took steps to mandate reporting of heat-trapping gases, but the oil and gas industries were exempted from reporting. All other industry reporting will not begin until 2011.

Since around 1997, there have been somewhere on the order of 1,000 proposals for new natural gas power plants in the U.S. Approximately 90% of power plant proposals in the late 1990s were for natural gas. Only about 400 of these were built and some aren't even operating, because of high gas prices. Many were defeated by local opposition or withdrawn for economic reasons, since the industry went overboard.

97% of natural gas consumed in the U.S. is from the U.S. and Canada. However, natural gas production has peaked in North America. More wells are drilled but less gas is being found. Between 1999 and 2004, natural gas prices have tripled as imports from Canada slowed and domestic production failed to keep up with demand. To feed the increasing demand, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals are being proposed, to enable imports so that the U.S. can use its military might to dominate the world competing for the remaining natural gas, now that oil production has started peaking globally. The U.S. has 5 existing LNG terminals and approximately 60 additional LNG terminals have been proposed, though the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has estimated that only 10 are needed (6 in the U.S.) to meet short-term demand in North America. More than this number have already been approved.

Natural gas extraction was expected to peak globally around 2020, leading to serious global conflicts as China and other large and growing economies continue down the path of increased dependence on fossil fuels. However, the new areas opened up by deep drilling technologies will likely extend that peak a bit, and have put most plans for LNG import terminals on hold for the foreseeable future.

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