Activists Take Fracking Fight to Feds' Homes

By Siciliano, John | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, May 16, 2016 | Go to article overview

Activists Take Fracking Fight to Feds' Homes


Siciliano, John, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


Environmental activists are targeting the homes of federal energy officials in a week-long series of protests aimed at a key government agency that they blame for "rubber-stamping" fossil fuel projects that encourage fracking.

Activists plan to hold vigils at the homes of all four members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week to coincide with the commission's public meeting on Thursday. Activists are expected to demonstrate in force outside FERC headquarters in Washington and likely will attempt to bring the protest into the building, as has been the case in the past.

The activists blame the commission for causing environmental harm by approving natural gas pipelines that spur the continued use of fossil fuels both domestically and abroad. The pipelines also support the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and spur the continued development of shale gas.

The activists involved in the Beyond Extreme Energy protests this week say "the agency rubber-stamps approvals for interstate fracked gas pipelines, export terminals and other infrastructure that is destroying local communities and super-charging the climate crisis," according to a coalition of activists who call themselves the Rubber Stamp Rebellion.

They say the natural gas produced from fracking "is methane, and leaked methane traps 86 times as much heat per molecule as carbon dioxide," which many scientists blame for causing global warming.

In addition to trying to disrupt the FERC meeting, they say they will be taking the protests to commissioners' homes to hold vigil against fossil fuels.

"We'll be visiting the four FERC commissioners at their homes to hold them accountable for their decisions, which are made far from the communities affected and with no consideration of the harm from climate change," the activists said.

It also will be holding protests outside of the Washington headquarters of several pipeline companies.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Republican FERC Commissioner Tony Clark said the activists' energy is misplaced.

"When you look at what some of these environmental groups that are protesting at FERC are really talking about, it's not actually about the pipeline itself," Clark said. "They just don't like natural gas in general, or they don't like exploration and production of natural gas, they don't like hydraulic fracturing. …

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