Every month Beyond Extreme Energy holds an online event going over the latest machinations of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and updates from frontline struggles against the fossil fuel industry.
On June 8th, there was an explosion at Freeport LNG on Quintana Island in Freeport, TX. The company reported that there were no injuries and that the facility would be closed for at least three weeks. Freeport LNG has given limited answers as to the cause of the explosion, and a beach 2 miles away remained open. FERC and other agencies are investigating the case.
Gulf coast organizers have long struggled against LNG export and environmental injustice, and this explosion is one more instance of the direct danger facing communities.
The incident has complex international significance. With many European nations moving away from Russian gas, the Freeport LNG shutdown is likely to further disrupt European supplies. Rising prices may price out countries such as India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, who may turn to oil and coal. The U.S. is the world’s largest LNG exporter, and the Freeport LNG facility represents 18% of this supply.
As always the ties between militarism, capitalism, and climate change are closer than they appear. The only path forward is to rapidly transition to clean renewable energy sources and end war!