Environmentalists Urge Ban on Exporting Natural Gas


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Three environmental groups, including Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace have formally issued a petition to the Obama administration to immediately stop natural gas exports. The request comes in wake of recent tenfold increase in exports of natural gas, primarily as liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The petition for ban has been triggered largely by the unorthodox drilling techniques such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, which have raised domestic gas supplies rapidly, much to the horror of the environmentalists.

The United States should stop exporting natural gas because it contributes to global warming, upsets local communities, increases domestic energy prices and helps only multinational fossil fuel corporations said Bill Snape, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity.

If United States is really serious about attending to climate crisis, it is high time the Obama administration restrained the control of greedy natural gas industry and end the environmental and economic disaster of natural gas exports, Snape added.

The formal petition could snowball into a lawsuit if the administration does not act in a way that the groups desire.

Recently, President Obama introduced the Clean Power Plan, to curb power plant pollution by 32% in the next 15 years. It seeks to shift focus on renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and lessen dependence on coal and other fossil fuel plants.


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