Letter: Say no to tar sands infrastructure

Published: 6/10/2021 8:00:11 AM

It’s past time to stop building new fossil fuel pipelines. They are costly, unsustainable, dangerous and will lock us into further decades of leaked methane and carbon emissions, two major contributors to climate change. Last year, 350 New Hampshire and our NH community defeated the Granite Bridge pipeline, another attempt to expand fossil fuels instead of investing in renewable energy. Now the attention is on Minnesota and the Line 3 tar sands pipeline. If completed, Line 3 would violate treaty rights of Indigenous people, threaten the headwaters of the Mississippi river, and commit us to fossil fuel dependency for years.

As fuel sources, tar sands are wasteful. Each barrel of crude oil extracted from tar sands uses 2 to 4 barrels of water and tremendous amounts of energy. An estimated one billion gallons of wastewater from this process leaks into surrounding natural habitats every year. Once crude oil is burned, it releases large amounts of carbon and sulfur dioxide, contributing to greenhouse gases.

Why should the people of NH care? The more we allow pipeline projects like these to go ahead, the worse climate change will get. We’ll continue to see rising sea levels, oil spills from pipelines, changing weather patterns, natural disasters, destruction of natural landscapes and disregard for the rights of Indigenous folks. A better choice is possible. Demand a renewable energy future, free from environmental injustice and climate catastrophe. It’s time to Stop Line 3, and keep new oil infrastructure away from communities across this country.

Rebecca Beaulieu

Dover




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