Avoiding the Natural Gas Trap

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Dirty, Fracked Gas Is a Dead End for New England
by Sandy Levine

Fracked gas was once considered part of a lower-carbon future. But this volatile, dangerous, and polluting fossil fuel now needs to be shown the door. Thankfully, as New England’s growing investment in cleaner energy ramps up, this transition is becoming easier. But standing in its way are the last gasps of the dirty fossil fuel industry. And they are not going quietly.

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Utility and Pipeline Company to Blame for Gas Outage
by Amy Moses

Just as families in Newport County prepared for a brutal winter night in late January, National Grid cut gas service to more than 7,000 customers, leaving homes and businesses in the cold. They called it a precaution and couldn’t say how it would last. Ultimately, the outage lasted a full week.

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It’s official: Invenergy Defeated

“As we said in June, this is a huge victory for Rhode Island and for the health of our communities,” said CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer. “In the face of climate emergency, opening a fossil fuel plant that will spew carbon pollution for decades is simply reckless. After years of lies and misinformation, Invenergy’s efforts to pave over a forest to build this dirty plant have been dealt a substantial loss. This is proof that communities can stand up to big gas and win.”

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Report on Aquidneck Island Gas Disaster Released

“Customers should absolutely not be straddled with higher bills because of the mistakes of utilities,” said Amy Moses, Vice President and Director of CLF Rhode Island. “But the report’s suggestion of reducing demand for gas simply doesn’t go far enough. We need to get off dirty fracked gas and focus on clean renewables, not expand infrastructure that only harms our air and destroys our climate.”

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Merrimack Gas Explosions: A Tragic Byproduct of Natural Gas
by Alyssa Rayman-Read

UPDATE: It’s the one-year anniversary of the Merrimack Valley gas explosion, and communities are still recovering from the disaster. It’s a stark reminder that we need to prioritize the health and safety of our communities, which means getting off dirty gas. Our aging gas infrastructure is expensive, leaky, and dangerous. We have cleaner, safer alternatives like electric stoves and hot water heaters ready to go. It’s time to swap out polluting gas for clean energy that doesn’t run the risk of exploding.

Conservation Matters Articles
Saying No to Fracked Gas
by Laurie O'Reilly

In 2015, energy giant Invenergy announced its plan to pave over a pristine forest in Burrillville, Rhode Island, to build a 900-megawatt fracked gas power plant. The plant size and scope immediately set off alarm bells at CLF’s Providence office. With coal plants across New England shutting down, thanks in large part to CLF’s campaign…

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Rhode Island Rejects Invenergy: A Quick History
by Bethany Kwoka

Late last month, Invenergy –  the Chicago-based energy company that’s been trying to build a fossil fuel power plant in the forests of Burrillville, Rhode Island since 2015 –  was denied a key permit it needs to start construction. This was a victory for CLF, for the people of Burrillville, and for everyone in New England.

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Rhode Island Rejects Invenergy
by Jerry Elmer

Today, Invenergy was denied a permit to pave over a pristine forest in Burrillville to build a fracked gas and diesel oil power plant that would emit carbon pollution for decades. This is a victory for CLF, for the people of Burrillville, and for a world facing a climate emergency.