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Duke Energy’s Fracking Gas Future

The 3-minute video at right — Dr. Robert Howarth of Cornell University speaking in March 2016 — is an excellent introduction to the climate disaster posed by methane leaking from the natural gas industry. Or watch Dr. Howarth’s 28-minute presentation at the COP23 talks in Bonn on Nov. 14, 2017.

Leading experts report that methane in the atmosphere is 100 times more effective at trapping heat than carbon dioxide over a 10-year period. Methane leaks in significant quantities during the drilling, storage, transportation and burning of natural gas. As a result, burning natural gas for electricity is even worse for the climate than burning coal.

Meanwhile the natural gas industry is engaged in a feverish effort to convince the American public and captive federal and state agencies that fracked gas can bring about energy security and climate protection. And Duke Energy is planning a massive gas expansion.

NC WARN and allies are working hard to set the record straight and stop the rush to gas. Read more below and join us!

Learn more about the problem with methane:

Individual Gas/Methane Campaigns

Emergency Methane Action

This campaign calls for a ban on the import and use of fracked natural gas in North Carolina. It includes a request to Governor Roy Cooper, a series of educational events and an ad campaign. Learn more here.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline

On April 11, we petitioned the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to accept us as a party in the legal case over a 524-mile gas pipeline proposed by Duke Energy and Dominion Power that would pump natural gas from West Virginia’s fracking fields to power plants in North Carolina. The project is part of a major shift to make gas “the backbone” of Duke Energy’s future, according to CEO Lynn Good.

Read our news release
Learn more and get involved

howarth3quoteDuke University Fracking Gas Plant

Duke Energy wants to build a 21-megawatt natural gas-burning power plant on the Duke University campus. Learn more about our opposition to the plan and our request that Duke University president Richard Brodhead show climate leadership by adopting a clean alternative instead.

Duke Energy is seeking to make Duke University a guinea pig in a US power industry scheme to create new revenue streams by building fracked gas-burning power plants on college campuses.

Asheville Gas Plant

Together with The Climate Times of Boone, we opposed the new natural gas plant Duke Energy proposed near Asheville. Unfortunately, the NC Utilities Commission approved Duke’s request in February 2016 in a fast-track process that left no time for consideration of the serious concerns raised by our technical experts. We are appealing that decision, but the Utilities Commission — at the behest of Duke Energy — is trying to require us to post a $98 million bond if we wish to appeal.

Media reports and news releases
NC WARN’s NC Utilities Commission filings in this docket
All documents in this docket
Newspaper ad we ran in selected papers in advance of the January 2016 public hearing in Asheville
Mountain Xpress investigative report proving gas for Asheville plant will come from fracking

Duke Energy-Piedmont Natural Gas Merger

The NC Housing Coalition, The Climate Times and NC WARN jointly filed to become parties in a merger proposed by Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas. The three nonprofits  advocated that the NC Utilities Commission fully investigate the costs and impacts on utility customers of the $6 billion merger. Unfortunately, the merger was approved in September 2016.

Read May 2016 press release on our intervention
See our motion to intervene
Read about Duke’s backroom deal with the Utilities Commission
See photos, video and media coverage of our July 18 protest at the Utilities Commission’s merger hearing in Raleigh
Email Utilities Commission Chair Ed Finley and tell him to do what’s best for the public, not Duke Energy!

Whistleblower Campaign

On June 8, we filed a complaint with EPA’s Inspector General, charging that a high-ranking EPA official connected to the fossil fuel industry committed scientific fraud in a case with sweeping ramifications for global climate change and the safety of workers and neighbors of natural gas sites across much of the United States. We are calling for an expedited investigation due to the urgent climate and safety implications of the EPA’s failure to curb widespread methane emissions.

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White Paper on the risks of natural gas: Duke Energy’s Move Toward a Fracking Gas Future Would be Disastrous for Climate Change and for the North Carolina Economy, by Harvard Ayers and Nancy LaPlaca, Dec. 10, 2015

First (Oct. 20, 2015) and second (Dec. 10, 2015) letters to Duke Energy CEO Lynn Good urging her to abandon Duke’s massive move toward natural gas
News release on 2nd letter