Fracked Gas

The gas liquefied at these terminals would be mostly fracked gas from the Eagle Ford shale in Texas.

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Fracking and LNG export are connected in a vicious circle: the current oversupply of cheap fracked gas is fueling a race to build out more LNG export terminals, while plans to export LNG provide incentive for more fracking. LNG export is the fracking industry’s choke point -- without being able to export their fracked gas as LNG, many fracking companies will find themselves with too much gas and too few customers.

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Exporting LNG is disastrous for the climate -- and these terminals show it. The three terminals would account for greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those of an incredible 63 coal-fired power plants. The same climate concerns with fracking and pipelines apply here: any inevitable leaking along the way releases methane, a super potent greenhouse gas. Plus, accounting for extracting, piping, liquefying, and shipping the gas nearly doubles the carbon intensity of energy produced from RGV’s exported LNG.

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