Keep fracking out of our trade agreements!

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement is a threat to those of us concerned about fracking in Texas and across the country. The Sierra Club’s Beyond Natural Gas Campaign and Labor & Trade program have partnered to call attention to portions of the TPP that will pave the way for more fracking in Texas.

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk refuses to acknowledge the concerns of more than 28,000 Americans who signed our petition to call for more environmental and worker protections in the TPP. Tell Ron Kirk that we want responsible, fair trade that doesn’t sacrifice our air and water quality in order to ship natural gas to Pacific Rim nations.

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This factsheet provides a good overview of why trade matters to those of us primarily concerned about the environment. Please take a moment to sign and share our petition against expedited fracking and LNG exports.

Feel free to share this link to your anti-fracking networks and to your friends on Facebook: 
http://action.sierraclub.org/site/MessageViewer?em_id=248399.0

For more information on the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade program, visit http://www.sierraclub.org/trade/

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Dave Cortez
Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter
David.Cortez (at) SierraClub.org

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One response to “Keep fracking out of our trade agreements!

  1. As an environmental and petroleum engineer, who has worked as an O&G regulator and then environmental consultant, you are misinformed about hydraulic fracturing. Specifically, it is not a “dirty and violent” process as your fact sheet describes. Further, your claims that gas prices would increase is exaggerated. Natural gas is much harder to move than oil. Selling natural gas overseas requires turning it into a liquid by cooling it to minus-260 degrees F, putting it in specially insulated LNG ships, and then heating and re-gasifying it once it reaches its destination. That makes it a lot easier and cheaper to sell gas in the U.S. An Energy Information Administration study shows that LNG exports would likely raise prices about 10%. Energy consulting firms estimate it at 2% to 11%

    Hydraulic fracturing is not new, It is not “Dirty Fracking” as you state. It is an old process being applied in some new formations in horizontal wells, Most people do not understand it, so they are easily swayed by misinformation and propaganda. Many environmental groups such as yours assume all oil and gas development is bad so you rail against it all. The narrative is “Oil companies are evil and corrupt and we need to unify against them to save the planet.” Oil companies are vital businesses and we need to encourage them to produce our natural resources responsibly. You cannot have a dialog and influence anyone using fear-mongering and misinformation. You will only attract the ignorant and the uninformed to your cause and will alienate the majority of people and especially the oil companies that you would like to be able to influence. BP and Enbridge are paying dearly for their transgressions and rightly so. The lesson is that it is not good business to cause contamination and get sued because your company was trying to cut a corner. The way to maximize profits is to produce the energy responsibly and I believe that this message has been received by the oil companies. their employees and their shareholders.

    Like it or not, our economies are built on fossil fuels, and until science comes up with viable economic energy replacement technologies we need to focus on producing these fossil fuels responsibly. This does not mean creating a bunch of regulations which make it almost impossible to develop these resources. Nor does it mean increasing the cost of fossil fuels artificailly or providing subsidies so that alternative energy technologies appear economical. This government intervention in the marketplace only spurs croney capitalism, waste and fraud (like Solendra). Calls for eliminating natural gas sales from the TPP falls in this category too.

    We need the energy, we need the jobs and we need to quit sending our money overseaes to finance people who want to kill us. Government meddling in energy markets historcally does not go well. Blocking exports of natural gas might hold prices down a bit, but it would dampen production and drilling-related jobs at home and give suppliers less incentive to produce. The best solution is to let the free market work and produce our gas resources responsibly

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