Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Washington, D.C. – “Today, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 6, which would expedite the Department of Energy’s approval process for exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) overseas.. It will also ensure the exponential growth of fracking on American soil.
“H.R. 6, formally known as the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act, hardly provides prosperity or freedom. Proponents argue that exporting LNG will create jobs for Americans, while somehow making the U.S. more energy independent, Unfortunately, this is all hot air, a guise for opening up new markets and for fetching higher gas prices in Asia.
“Ultimately, LNG exports will increase demand for fracking in the United States. Hydraulic fracturing negatively impacts local communities, as it introduces a heavy amount of industrial activity that damages air, water, and public health. Over 420 communities in the U.S. have taken action against fracking.
“Proponents for fracking and LNG exports fail to explain how costly and challenging it will be for export facilities to process and ship LNG. Federal officials and gas industry have grossly over-exaggerated the amount of gas under U.S. soil.
“We cannot allow the oil and gas industry to exploit our lands, communities and workers for the sake of profits. Food & Water Watch urges Congress and the Obama administration to ban LNG exports and aggressively transition to renewable and sustainable energy sources.”