The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (which is where your nickels go, if you’ve ever stopped at the Climate Anxiety Counseling Booth) explains why we should prevent National Grid from using Providence to process fracked natural gas:
National Grid is planning to expand their operations to include a natural gas “liquefaction facility” in the Port of Providence, where they would convert fracked gas brought in by pipeline into Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) for export. The Port already has a high concentration of toxic and dangerous industrial facilities next to a low-income community of color that suffers from high rates of asthma and environmental related illnesses…
While National Grid supplies gas to the whole state, the community next to this facility is one of the poorest in the state and residents are routinely faced with utility shutoffs, and have to make decisions on whether or not to pay utilities or pay for other necessary things such as food or transportation to employment. National Grid will pass the $100 million dollar price tag onto consumers by adding the cost onto their gas bills. The LNG produced in South Providence will be exported to Massachusetts by truck. The limited number of temporary jobs created during construction of the facility will be specialized positions from out of state, since construction will be managed by the multinational firm Kiewit.
You can sign a petition to Mayor Elorza, Senator Whitehouse and the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) opposing this plan.
If you can, it would be good to go to the FERC hearing on Thursday, October 8th, at the Juanita Sanchez Education Complex, 182 Thurbers Avenue, Providence. At that link, there’s more information about what we can usefully do at this meeting to resist this unjust and damaging plan.